This Saturday will see the hospitality sector open back up after weeks of lockdown.
Ms Bourne is reminding people to be sensible and keep safe by being mindful of social distancing at all times.
She said: “We are now benefiting from the sacrifices we have made to curb the spread of the virus and are slowly able to return to some normality.
“I understand that people will want to take advantage of the opportunity this weekend brings to meet up with friends and family at their favourite restaurants or pubs that they have not visited in months.
“However, it is still important that we do so safely with social distancing in mind at all times.
“We have come so far already and, in order to keep progressing in the right direction, we must all be sensible in our decision-making.
“If you arrive somewhere and notice that social distancing isn’t achievable, then please reassess your plans.
She added: “Police officers will be out and about across Sussex this weekend helping to keep us safe.
“Please ensure you show them respect and know that any assault on an emergency service worker is unacceptable and will be treated extremely seriously.”
Emergency services and health services in Sussex have come together to warn people to be responsible this weekend, to avoid putting extra strain on the NHS – read more here.
The ambulance service warned that it was already very busy, even without the reopening of the nighttime economy, and asked people to use its service sensibly – read more here.
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