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"Stay home" urge police across Surrey and Hampshire as people meet up for BBQs and to play cricket

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"Stay home" urge police across Surrey and Hampshire as people meet up for BBQs and to play cricket

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 2:05pm 25th March 2020.

People playing cricket, mums meeting their friends in the park with their children and groups holding barbeques. 

Just some of the incidents police in Surrey and Hampshire have witnessed despite the UK being on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Officers in Aldershot and Surrey Heath have both come across people not taking the new social distancing measures seriously. 

On Monday (23 March) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced we should only be leaving our homes for one of four reasons: 

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day, for example, a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Gatherings of more than two people not from your household have been banned.

Aldershot Police posted on Facebook yesterday (24 March) which was the first full day of the new social distancing rules: 

"The whole team have been out and about this afternoon and here are a few incidents we have come across.

"A group of mates playing cricket in the park.

"Mums meeting their friends in the park with their children.

"Groups of people hanging around together in town.

"All of the above are unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

mums and children social distancing

Meanwhile, Surrey Heath Police have been receiving reports of large gathers including barbeques at Frimley Lodge Park:

"This is against the current Government Guidelines and as a result police will be monitoring this area and surrounding parks.

"This is unacceptable and disappointing to hear.

"Please stay home!"

Failure to follow the new rules, which will be in place for at least three weeks, could see police officers dispersing gatherings and imposing fines.

Those flouting the rules could be fined anything from £30 upwards.