Dorset Police urge residents to stick to lockdown rules

Dorset Police urge residents to stick to lockdown rules

Published by George Sharpe at 1:34pm 20th April 2020. (Updated at 1:35pm 20th April 2020)

Dorset Police are urging us not to become complacent about the lockdown rules.

Dorset's Deputy Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner have joined together with one message: 'Now is not the time to become complacent.'

They want to encourage us to stick to the lockdown rules despite it meaning another three weeks, at least, of not seeing friends and family.

Last week the government announced a three-week extension to the restrictions which came into effect last month.

Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said:

""While this extension was entirely expected, it still doesn't make the impact of these restrictions on our lives any easier.

"Limiting our contact with the outside world including our friends, family and colleagues is a big ask, but it is an essential one.

"By staying at home we are all doing our bit to stop the spread of the virus, protect the NHS and save lives."

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the extension last week where he set out 5 criteria the government would need to be satisfied with before the measures could be eased:

  • The NHS' ability to cope
  • A sustained and consistent fall in the death rates from coronavirus.
  • Reliable data showing the rate of infection is in decline.
  • Confident in testing and PPE capacity to meet future demand.
  • They need to be confident that any adjustment made to the measures will not risk a second peak

DCC David Lewis added:

"Now is not the time to become complacent. It is more important than ever that we continue to follow the restrictions and stick together as a community.

"I understand that none of this is easy and people are feeling worried, anxious and frustrated, but these measures won't be for long and we need to dig deep and remember why we are being asked to follow the restrictions. 

"Tragically more than 13,000 people have died in the UK from this virus - we owe it to everyone else to do the right thing and stop more families losing loved ones to this terrible disease."

DCC David Lewis added:

"I would like to reassure you that our officers and staff are briefed to take a common-sense and supportive approach. They will be continuing to carry out daily patrols within communities and on the county's roads to ensure people are only making essential journeys and are not travelling into Dorset unnecessarily. I am really pleased to see that of the hundreds of people we are speaking to each day the vast majority have a valid reason for travelling or being outside. 

"I'd like to end by thanking the people of Dorset for the efforts they have made over the last three weeks to stay at home. It has not gone unnoticed and the empty beaches, beauty spots, parks and high streets across the county demonstrate that the vast majority of people are complying with the rules. 

"So thank you and stay safe."

PCC Martyn Underhill said:

"As anticipated, the Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown by three weeks. Although expected, it makes the restrictions we are all abiding by no easier to bear and once again, I would once again like to thank the people of Dorset for the fortitude and resilience they have shown in dealing with the restrictions that have been placed on our daily lives.
"We all know people who are suffering and sadly grieving at this time, so I would ask you all to keep those you know and love in mind, as we begin the next three weeks of lockdown and not to lose focus just when it is needed the most. We must simply, stay at home and save lives.
"I don't underestimate how difficult life has been over the past three weeks for everyone, but we are all making a difference and we must persevere, we must work together and if we do - we will get through it."