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Communities praised for positive response to all-important stay at home measures
24 Apr | 16:38

Keep up the good work!

We know the sunnier weather brings a desire to get out of the house and stretch your legs, but our communities have continued to do this close to home and in line with the government’s guidelines helping us prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Our partners have continued to report empty car parks in beauty spots ranging from Hadrian’s wall to the glorious beaches of South Shields and Roker.

Chief superintendent Janice Hutton has praised members of the community for doing their part, and has urged everyone keep up the good work, ahead of this coming weekend.

She said: “We understand that now the weather is improving, people naturally want to spend more time outdoors and what’s great is that the majority of you are making sure you do so in line with the government’s guidance - exercising close to home and avoiding our national parks, beaches and beauty spots and for that we are really grateful.”

Iain Nixon, team leader of Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team echoed the sentiment, thanking everyone for helping to protect the lives of their volunteers- many of which are frontline workers.

Tony Gates, CEO at Northumberland National Park said his rangers have been impressed with the public’s response, adding: “We look forward to welcoming everyone back when the timing is right, but for now we want to thank everyone for continuing to follow government guidelines and as we approach another weekend we ask everyone to keep this up by Staying At Home, Protecting the NHS and saving Lives.”

Cllr Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Area Management and Community Safety for South Tyneside Council added: “We would like to thank everyone for following national guidance on social distancing and continuing to stay at home. It is important that we do get out and exercise but it is also important that this is done locally.

“It is great to see so many people following these rules and staying clear of areas which could become highly populated such as beaches, parks and coastlines. This is a difficult time for us all but it is vital that we do our bit by staying at home as key workers continue to keep the country going. Thank you for everyone’s co-operation during this extremely challenging time – let’s keep it up.”


Please continue to play your part #StayHomeSaveLives

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