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MetiNews.Com - Police are expecting a busy weekend with pubs reopening and Bristol City FC playing at home
Breaking News ! Avon and Somerset police are mounting a major operation this weekend as pubs, bars and restaurants reopen on the same day Bristol City FC play at home. Chief constable Andy Marsh is urging people not to descend on the city centre or other high streets because it will not be “business as usual”. Hospitality venues will be allowed to open their doors to customers for the first time in more than three months on Saturday (July 4). But new rules will be in place, including booking ahead, one-way systems, table service and limiting toilets to “one in, one out”, to maintain social distancing and contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to police and crime commissioner Sue Mountstevens during a Facebook Live on Tuesday (June 30), Mr Marsh said extra officers would be on patrol to maintain public order. For news tailored to your local area, powered by In Your Area: He said: “It is not going to be a return to business as usual in our nighttime economy because the guidance places a requirement on licensees, business holders and customers to take certain steps to make sure they minimise the risk of becoming ill or transmitting the virus. “We certainly hope it won’t be a return to normal. “Without doubt the guidance won’t allow the businesses to operate at that capacity. “We are moving into what we think will be a very high demand this weekend. “I would say don’t come into the city centre and your town centres speculatively hoping to pop into a pub, stand at the bar and have a pint. “It will not work like that. Read More Related Articles Bristol Nightingale Hospital to be officially put on 'standby' Read More Related Articles The Colston Arms in Bristol has temporary name as it looks for new suggestions “If you plan on coming out, take steps to check where you are going to go, check they will accommodate you and know how you're going to get to and from there, managing your own personal safety. “It is also a busy weekend for us because, although it’s being played behind closed doors, Bristol City will be hosting Cardiff City at 3pm on Saturday. “I would urge any supporters of either side, don't come to Bristol city centre expecting to have a drink. “That’s not the place to enjoy the match.” The force’s top officer said a “good number of additional officers” would be on duty, many of whom had cancelled rest days for the second weekend running. “We are working in close partnership with the authorities, licensing bodies and the security industry regulators, the door staff,” he said.
. “It is about personal responsibility. “We have a big job to do, we need the public to help uis and we need people to be responsible. “It is great that we are at the next step but this is a crisis that each and every one of us can play a vital role in defeating. “So it’s incredibly important as we move into this next phase that people do not think this is finished and that they do continue to exercise social distancing.” Mr Marsh said that because legislation was moving to guidance as lockdown eased, residents should not report smaller gatherings such as house parties but that they should inform the police about illegal raves by phoning 101.
The aftermath of the Stokes Croft party
He said: “We know many of our community are frustrated they have not been able to go out and socialise or listen to live music, so we have expected to see an increase in unlawful gatherings, raves and loud music. “We also know our communities don’t want it in their neighbourhoods and it can lead to other antisocial behavior such as urinating in gardens and other damage and crimes. “We ran a bespoke operation last weekend and will be running it again this weekend. “It is intelligence-led, so people would be expecting us to monitor social media, pick out any likelihood of raves and do our best to prevent them. “We also want landowners and property owners to do their best to secure properties or land that might be vulnerable to raves in advance of the weekend. “We will have an additional command structure and officers on duty all weekend.
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“I would urge the public if they see people setting up music to give us as much notice to intervene.” He said police had the power to confiscate the equipment and disperse people and pledged to do “everything we can to prevent the rave where possible”. It comes after hundreds of tightly packed people attended a “rave” on Nine Tree Hill in Stokes Croft on Saturday, June 20. Police were criticised for failing to disperse the revellers and stop the event.
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