Sussex Police thanks public following first weekend of pubs and restaurants reopening

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Police had prepared for a busy weekend as pubs and restaurants reopened to customers for the first time after three months of lockdown.

Ahead of ‘Super Saturday’, police and other emergency services called on the public to be sensible and avoid putting unnecessary strain on the NHS.

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But, reflecting back on the weekend, police said it passed ‘generally without incident’ and was about as busy as would have been expected on a ‘normal’ July night.

Superintendent Graham Barnett said: “The re-opening of pubs and restaurants over the weekend passed generally without incident and I would like to thank both the premises owners and operators, along with their customers, for the responsible way in which they made their return to business, albeit under somewhat different circumstances to what we are used to.

“While Saturday evening was a little busier for us than in recent lockdown months, that was not surprising and we were fully prepared.

“However, it was really not much different to what we would have expected on a ‘normal’ July night.

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“Moving forward, I would reiterate my appeal to people to enjoy themselves, but to act responsibly and stay safe.

“Please continue to take note of the new restrictions in place, don’t congregate outside licensed premises and avoid large crowds to keep each other safe.

“Social distancing restrictions remain in place and large gatherings continue to be prohibited.

“It is not our responsibility to police social distancing as this is guidance and not law, but we are expecting you to take personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.”