Stricter Measures Come into Blackpool following a lapse in maintaining the rules
Oct, 5 2020
As the days have turned to weeks and the weeks have turned to months we’ve all grown tired of the corona virus but that doesn’t mean we can sit back and think we’re completely immune to it. All of us should strive to do our part for the good of others. It appears though that one part of the north west of England isn’t behaving as well as others.
Recently Blackpool was patrolled by stewards and public protection officers to ensure people are following coronavirus rules, the council said.
More than 60 armed police officers took to the streets and promenade in a bid to give strict advice to businesses, residents and visitors about coronavirus rules and regulations.
Residents in Blackpool are currently banned from socialising with other households.
Councillor Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, alerted locals to the measures the police would put in place if locals disobeyed regulations,
“Enforcement is the last resort, it will be used if anyone is found to be deliberately flouting the rules and putting people at risk".
Further warnings come in within the tourism sector and if people continue to ignore the restrictions the virus will naturally spread which means more lives at risk and ongoing concerns for the NHS.
Dr Arif Rajpura, director of public health for Blackpool Council, expressed his concern in the following statement,
"Now more than ever is not the time to be complacent. While there was no evidence of any direct links between increased infection rates and tourism, the council would continue to put a high level of focus on ensuring that visitors and businesses do the right thing".
People need to be aware that although the police will charge those who flout the rules they are in the area to keep everyone safe and they will do their part in maintaining that high level of commitment.
Chief Inspector Mark Morley, of Lancashire Police, gives this firm warning if people become too complacent,
"We'll continue to engage with people and explain the rules, but we do want to be clear that we will enforce them where we need to, especially around repeat offenders, significant gatherings and people who deliberately flout the regulations and put others at risk."
Immediately following this report, the taskforce will be called upon to enforce the latest legislation, a council spokesman said.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger