Lockdown is easing and high streets are opening up but that doesn’t mean the threat from COVID 19 has gone. Cleveland Police are warning people against complacency as get out and above.

Superintendent Emily Harrison, who is leading the Force’s COVID response, said: “We recognise the easing of restrictions today is another positive step towards a return to aspects of ‘normal’ life. There will be more options to leave home to visit shops, pubs and certain attractions but there are still rules in place.

The easing of restrictions comes as cases continue to drop across the region. More than half of the adult population has now received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. However, the threat is still very much there. People are being urged not to let their guard down to prevent another wave.

“It is vital people don’t become complacent and continue to follow the rules, for their safety and the safety of other,” she added.

“We’d urge people to remember many premises are using booking systems so please double check with the venue you plan to attend, think about booking in advance to avoid disappointment.”

Police will continue to use the ‘E model’ of engaging, explaining and encouraging people to stick to the guidelines. They will only be using enforcement as a last resort.
You can see more about the Policing plans in place at gov.uk/coronavirus