Posted: Fri 1st May 2020

‘This isn’t about the law it is about being personally responsible’ – North Wales Police reiterate stay at home message ahead of weekend

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Friday, May 1st, 2020

As the country heads into week seven of the restrictions North Wales Police are once again urging the public to heed government advice and continue to stay at home.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Harrison said there was concern that people could be tempted to flout the rules, particularly as the warm weather is set to continue.

He acknowledged the impact that the current regulations place on people across the region.

However he called on members of the public to keep protecting the NHS, as well as those around them.

He said: “Being unable to see your friends and family, not spending time with those you love is upsetting.

“But it is vitally important that we all continue to play our part in the fight against this terrible virus and stay at home so that we don’t undo the work that has already taken place to protect the NHS and save lives.

“We are very appreciative and grateful for the support of the communities of north Wales, where the vast majority are adhering to the government restrictions.

“The National Park and many other beauty spots are closed so people should not be travelling into the region to walk or exercise and sadly we have had recent occasions where people have travelled totally unreasonable distances into north Wales. We look forward to welcoming people back as soon as we can.”

Mr Harrison said the focus of officers continued to be on the now familiar mantra to “reassurance, inform and engage” with people so they understand why the regulations are in place.

Teams will be out and about in communities and on the road networks ensuring the people are complying with the restrictions.

He said: “Officers will continue to engage with people, establish their individual circumstances and will continue to explain the risks and warn of the consequences of failing to comply with the guidance.

“It is really simple to do the right thing, stay local follow the guidance. This isn’t about the law it is about being personally responsible and preventing harm to our loved ones.”

He added: “The kindness and support that officers have seen whilst on duty has not gone unnoticed and it is very much appreciated during this period of uncertainty.

“We really are so thankful for your continued support and want to reassure you that if you do have any concerns, we are here to help. Stay safe and stay home.”

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