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Surrey Police will deploy extra officers as lockdown eases and pubs reopen

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Surrey Police will deploy extra officers as lockdown eases and pubs reopen

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:41pm 30th June 2020.

The Chief Constable of Surrey Police says the force is well prepared ahead of lockdown easing on Saturday (4 July).

For the first time in months people will be able to go out to restaurants and pubs while the two-metre social distancing guidance is being reduced to one metre.

Extra officers will be deployed over the weekend to ensure people are celebrating their new freedoms safely. 

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Chief Constable Gavin Stephens says those who do want to head to the pub on Saturday need to think about their plans now: 

"I know you're excited about the weekend but do plan ahead and check what the arrangements are. 

"If you just come to a town centre like Guildford and expect to just walk into a bar and enjoy a drink you may well be disappointed.

"Many places are doing bookings online, taking bookings ahead, book a slot for a couple of hours." 

Chief Constable Stephens added that officers have been liaising with pub owners: 

"The licensing officers have been reaching out to them over the course of the last week or so to establish what their plans are. 

"They know that we are there to support them if they face difficulty then we will be on hand." 

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Meanwhile, Surrey Police have also revealed they are looking at how they would deal with a local lockdown. 

It is after a spike in cases in Leicester led to their lockdown being extended. 

It means pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will remain shut, with residents advised against all but essential travel.

Chief Constable Stephens said there are many scenarios to consider:

"Like if we saw an infection spike at places of work for example. 

"If it happened at a school, or a hospital or a police station, a place of worship. 

"Any of those things or a combination of those things could happen in Surrey. 

"As a local resilience forum, we also plan ahead for a combination of issues as well. 

"This week we had a session looking at what would happen if we had a further covid outbreaks in conjunction with extreme weather or in conjunction with winter flu. 

"It still remains a busy time for emergency services."