Local residents urged to act responsibly on eve of national lockdown

Posted on Wednesday 4 November 2020

Local residents across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are urged to act responsibly and follow public health advice on the eve of national lockdown (Wednesday 4 November).

With national lockdown starting on Thursday 5 November, town centres are expected to be busy as people head to bars and restaurants for the evening. BCP Council will be doing what we can to ensure that public safety is maintained, and enforcement is carried out where necessary.

Councillor May Haines, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Whilst we appreciate some residents may wish to go out on Wednesday evening before the national lockdown begins, we would strongly encourage you to consider if that trip is necessary. If we are all careful now and stay at home and help control the virus, it is possible we can look forward to returning to a new normal sooner and are more likely to be able to enjoy Christmas and New Year with our loved ones.

“If you choose to go out, we would urge you to act responsibly and adhere to social distancing at all times, wear a face covering and wash hands regularly. We would encourage you to not linger or gather after 10pm and make your way home promptly, to help reduce the risk.”

The council’s Covid Marshalls and Environmental Health Officers will be out and about to protect the public and control the virus. If you do go out:

  • Download the NHS covid app and check in
  • Only visit covid-safe premises
  • Plan your journey home -book a taxi, drive or get an early bus
  • Observe social distancing requirements, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces and carry hand sanitiser.