'Don't go crazy' on first weekend pubs are allowed to open indoors urge Cleveland Police
Police are asking people to stay sensible as they get ready for a busy first weekend since pubs were allowed to reopen indoors.
This weekend is the first in months that pubs and bars can serve customers inside since the relaxation of lockdown restrictions on Monday, May 17.
But Cleveland Police is reminding people that there are still restrictions in place and that people need to stay sensible to keep people as safe as possible.
They will be carrying out extra patrols this weekend to make sure drinkers and venues are abiding by the riles and to provide reassurance.
Chief Inspector Rachel Stockdale said: “People have not been able to legally meet indoors in groups of six or two households for a number of months, and we understand this has been difficult for people.
“I’d like to thank the public for their co-operation so far. This weekend we’re expecting it to be busy in pubs with the introduction of the indoor rule, but we need to remind people to stay sensible, as we’re not out of the woods yet, and we need to ensure that we keep people as safe as we possibly can.
“There will be additional patrols this weekend to reassure the public and again, we’ll be reminding people that restrictions are still in place and that people need to act sensibly.
“We also want to ask people to drink responsibly and plan their journey home – we want people to go home in a taxi, not a police car.”