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Police station enquiry office opens in Grantham

Police have reopened their enquiry offices and say they are "there to enforce Covid rules when needed".

The announcement by Lincolnshire's Assistant Chief Constable, Kerrin Wilson, comes as a new set of rules came into place this week.

ACC Wilson said: "The easing of restrictions will come as a great relief to many, and I hope the new rules, which afford us the chance to socialise safely as well as get back to doing some of the things we all took for granted, will contribute to a feeling of wellbeing for us all.

Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Kerrin Wilson
Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police Kerrin Wilson

“While many of you will already be busy making plans, some may feel nervousness or worry about society opening back up.

"We want to assure you we are still here to protect you and enforce the rules when needed."

Calling on those going out to pubs, shops and other venues that are now open again, ACC Wilson called for everyone to "continue to be sensible and watch out for each other".

From Monday, police enquiry offices which were temporarily closed will be reopened to the public.

Police volunteers can return to supporting officers, who will continue to carry out patrols around towns and villages. Neighbourhood Policing teams remain available to people wishing to raise concerns or report non-urgent incidents.

The new rules in effect from April 12 are:

  • non-essential retail can open
  • hairdressers and salons can open
  • libraries, community centres wand other public buildings can open
  • outdoor hospitality venues can open with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas, can open
  • smaller outdoor events, such as fêtes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds, will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can open for individual exercise, or exercise with a household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children
  • parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under five are not counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnerships, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must be outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubbles
  • people should try to minimise their travel
  • care home residents can nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • The rule of six remains for outdoor socialising, which means that group of up to size people form any number of households can meet (children of all ages count towards the limit of six)
  • A group of any size which is made up of two households can also meet (each household can include an existing support bubble)
  • People must not meet indoors with anybody they don’t live with unless they are part of the same support bubble, or another legal exemption applies.

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