Police in Gedling borough have urged drinkers to stay safe and know their limits when pubs reopen later today (July 4).
The warning has been issued by Inspector Chris Pearson, neighbourhood policing inspector responsible for policing in the Gedling Borough.
Pubs will reopen their doors for the first time in three months today on what is being called ‘Super Saturday’, with hairdressers and restaurants also being allowed to trade again as lockdown rules are lifted.
All venues reopening have put social distancing measures in place.
But despite the hype around today’s event, police said that most pubs in the borough have decided to remain shut, with only ‘a handful’ choosing to open later.
Inspector Pearson said: “To date, only seven pubs in the Gedling borough are confirmed to be reopening today which are in Arnold, Mapperley, Calverton and Gedling.
“We appreciate that some people will want to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a drink at the pub, especially after having been unable to do so for so long.Whilst we of course want people to have a good time and enjoy themselves, we want them to do so safely and with respect for others.
“It’s vital that people remember that Coronavirus is still a serious risk to health. As such they need to continue to follow the Government’s guidance to mitigate the transmission of the virus, including social distancing, increased hygiene measures and following the instructions of staff.
“We urge people to drink responsibly, follow the guidance set out and maintain a safe environment for everyone.“
He added: “The vast majority of drinkers are responsible but we know some people will drink to excess and become vulnerable to harm or indeed cause harm to others.
“The key advice is to know your limits, plan your day and consider how you will get home safely.
“Anti-social and criminal behaviour is not acceptable and over the course of the weekend officers from Op Reacher and the Gedling Neighbourhood Policing Team will be focusing on visiting licensed premises to deter alcohol-related disorder.
“The teams will be engaging with door supervisors and staff to ensure a safe re-opening and licensing officers will be on hand to support the team.
“We will be working closely with colleagues at Gedling Borough Council, including CCTV operators, and the team will also focus on any drink/drug driving offences.”