South Holland senior police officer warns: 'Be safe, but be responsible' as pubs reopen this weekend
People in South Holland planning to visit pubs this weekend have been warned to expect a strong police presence in the area.
Chief Superintendent Chris Davison, area commander of local policing for east Lincolnshire (including South Holland) advised people returning to their "local" to "be safe and enjoy yourselves in a responsible way".
The Government confirmed last Tuesday (June 23) that pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England can have customers back inside them for the first time since lockdown began in March.
But social distancing and other measures, including one-way systems, hand sanitisers and limits on numbers, will be in place to protect customers and staff.
Mr Davison said: "I know a lot of people will be looking forward to going to their local pub, or one of the pubs that are opening due to the easing of the restrictions on lockdown.
"But it's important to remember that things aren't back to normal yet and there will be restrictions in some of the pubs, so we ask people to be responsible in terms of social distancing.
"There will be more police than usual out and about over the county and while we want people to enjoy themselves, it's important to remember that you still have to abide by the law.
"We don't want people getting so drunk that they put themselves at risk, or so drunk that they become aggressive with each other because that will result in you being arrested.
"Lincolnshire Police will take a robust line with anybody who steps out of line and breaks the law.
"Be safe, enjoy yourselves in a responsible way and we hope that you do have a good time."