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A message from Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth as tiered restrictions are reviewed in England

Alert message sent 18/12/2020 16:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

As different areas of Hampshire enter different tiers relating to Health Protection Regulations from this weekend, we wanted to keep you up to date with our latest statement.

Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth said: “Since the introduction of the tier system earlier this month across England in response to Covid-19 we have seen strong partnership working, such as effective licensed premises management with our colleagues from Isle of Wight Council, to mitigate any issues that could be caused by people travelling between tiers.

“As we move into a position from this weekend with parts of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight being covered by three different tiers based on local authority boundaries as opposed to postcodes, I’d like to reassure our communities that our approach will continue to be to engage, explain and encourage people to comply with the regulations in place in their area. We will use common sense and discretion to determine what is reasonable. However we will enforce where blatant breaches are observed.

“We will not be preventing people from travelling from one area to another, but are working with ferry operators and partner agencies to ensure that the public is informed about the restrictions in place. Everyone must observe the restrictions from the highest tier that they are travelling from or to at all times.

“We will continue to maintain Covid-19 related patrols, as required, in addition to our usual resourcing as we move through the Christmas and New Year period. This is to address any problems that are identified to us and ensure that people are observing the restrictions that are in place at the given time to prevent the spread of the virus.

"Limiting the spread of infection is primarily the responsibility of public health, and not just down to the police, and we will continue to work with businesses, government, hospitality owners, local authorities, universities and others.

"I’d urge people to take personal responsibility over the next few weeks. Just because you can travel to different areas doesn’t mean that you have to. Please consider this before putting yourself and your loved ones at risk. I’d also echo the message from Isle of Wight Council to think about how essential your journey is before travelling between the Island and a tier three area, unless it is for work, health or other exempt reasons”.
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James Pusey (Police, Senior Communities Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight)

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