Police comment on how things went in Chesterfield as lockdown restrictions eased

Police say Chesterfield was ‘very busy’ but ‘almost entirely trouble free’ when lockdown restrictions were eased.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 5:24 pm

Non-essential shops and outdoor hospitality finally reopened on Monday after months of closure to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

Inspector Nick Booth, of Derbyshire Constabulary, told the Derbyshire Times: “Pubs, bars and restaurants that opened in Chesterfield on Monday were very busy but almost entirely trouble free.

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Drinkers flocked to beer gardens for a pint or two.
Drinkers flocked to beer gardens for a pint or two.

“Officers from our safer neighbourhood and licensing teams visited prior to opening to make sure all businesses were aware of the restrictions and, while there were pro-active patrols throughout the evening, officers only had to speak to a handful of people due to a lack of social distancing.

“The reopening of pubs and eateries is a fantastic step for our local businesses and I would urge everyone to ensure that they are able to continue trading by following the rules.”

For more information about the current restrictions, visit www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do.

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