Northamptonshire Police all set for restrictions lifting
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With Covid restrictions due to lift next Monday, July 19, Northamptonshire Police is all set for a return to policing a full night-time economy (NTE).
The final stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown will see the reopening of nightclubs, and the removal of limits on indoor hospitality, enabling licensed premises to welcome customers freely.
In anticipation of large numbers of revellers heading out, the Force will double the number of officers on duty as restrictions lift, and the following weekend, to ensure a safe and fun environment for all.
Superintendent Adam Ward, who leads on NTE policing for the Force, said: “Next Monday marks a milestone that many people have been waiting a long time for, and we’ve been working hard with partners to make sure the full reopening of the night-time economy goes well.
“We’ll have increased resources out in town centres to help keep everyone safe, and our officers will be taking a firm but fair approach to any potential trouble-makers.
“Whether you’re looking forward to your first ever night out, or are excited to be resuming socialising like this, please remember to behave, be respectful of others and know your limits so a good time doesn’t turn into a bad time for you.”
As restrictions lift, the Force is also pairing officers up with EMAS colleagues to provide a joint police-ambulance resource to help people in the county’s main town centres.
Supt Ward added: “With big nights out having been off the cards for so long, remember your tolerance has probably fallen so our advice is to take it steady, stick with your friends and have a plan for getting yourself safely home.”
The Force is supporting Public Health colleagues in encouraging people to use lateral flow testing twice a week, especially as socialising increases, to identify asymptomatic cases of Covid-19 and allow those affected to follow the relevant self-isolation rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Northamptonshire Police is also supporting Counter Terrorism Policing’s vigilance campaign and is encouraging the public to help the police tackle terrorism and save lives by reporting suspicious behaviour and activity. Communities defeat terrorism.
To report online and learn more about the signs to spot, visit Gov.uk/ACT
Advice for enjoying a safe night out
Plan how you’re going to get home and arrange a lift or book a taxi in your name
Make sure your phone is fully charged before you go out
Stick with your friends and choose a meeting point where you’ll wait for each other if you get separated
If talking to a stranger, stay in a public place. If you feel uncomfortable, leave and go somewhere others will see you
Always keep the number of a reliable taxi firm with you. Avoid minicabs or private-hire cars that tout for business and are unlicensed
When the taxi arrives, check it’s the one you booked. If in doubt, don’t get in
Never accept a lift from a stranger
Be aware of what you are drinking – if someone offers to buy you a drink, go with them to the bar and watch the drink being poured, and keep an eye on your drink at all times
If you need help on a night out, or are worried about someone else, report concerns to venue staff, police or street pastors. In an emergency, always call 999