ACC Neil Hutchinson's message ahead of the further easing of Covid restrictions
14 May | 15:46

Ahead of the further easing of Covid restrictions next week, here is a message from our Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison…

Another milestone on our journey out of the pandemic is now in touching distance, with further restrictions to be eased on Monday.

The fact we have reached this point, is in no small part down to the resilience you all continue to show in following the rules and guidance in place to help protect our communities from the spread of Covid-19.

Combined with the monumental efforts of our colleagues in the NHS to ensure the ongoing successful roll-out of the vaccination programme, we are seeing far lower infection rates, and ultimately lives are being saved.

We recognise policing also continues to have an important role to play, as the restrictions on our daily life lift and we all recover from the impact of the pandemic.

We are extremely passionate about making a real difference to the communities we are privileged to be a part of here in the North East.

I am proud of the way our officers, staff and volunteers are adapting to the new challenges they face, while continuing to provide an excellent policing service.

Like you, we are all looking forward to once again being able to meet family and friends in our homes and enjoy socialising in a bar or restaurant without having to brave the elements.

With more businesses opening their doors, we also look forward to welcoming even more people into our wonderful towns and cities – and we will, of course, be there should you need us.

We would ask that you too take steps to help ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy these latest changes and look out for the safety of yourself and others.

Whether that means making sure you have suitable plans in place to get home from an evening out or just being increasingly mindful of those around you while visiting any of the popular destinations we have here in the region – we all have a part to play.

It is also important we all remember that some restrictions do remain – and now is not the time to push boundaries and disregard those measures which are in place to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities.

We absolutely want people to be able to enjoy the new-found freedoms but please let us not jeopardise the substantial efforts which have already been made to get us to this point.

We owe it to ourselves and each other to ensure we remain on course for the further lifting of restrictions in June.

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