Police preparing for hectic UK weekend when pubs reopen

World | 30 Jun 2020 10:58 pm

Police in England are preparing for the weekend, amid warnings it could be as busy as New Year's Eve when pubs reopen once again, Sky News reports.

Pubs, bars and restaurants have all been given the green light to open across England from Saturday, after being closed down for more than three months due to the coronavirus  lockdown.

However, police leaders are warning that the public will be "out in droves" on Saturday, with one saying that they fear a return to A&E departments looking something like a "circus full of drunken clowns" at the weekend.

Tim Clarke, from the Metropolitan Police Federation which represents officers as high as chief inspector, said that the weekend "could be anything but a 'Super Saturday' for police officers".

He said: "The challenges they face this weekend with pubs and restaurants reopening and many people predicted to travel across the country to see family and friends will make this weekend perhaps as busy as policing New Year's Eve.

 

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"People will be coming out in droves and if we have nice weather again this weekend it will be a significant challenge with the further relaxation of virus guidance.

"This could have been mitigated by waiting until Monday to further relax the government guidelines to us all - but as always, policing and police officers will do the best we can in the challenging circumstances."

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