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‘Embrace New Normal’ with Common Sense,’ Says PCC Lisa Townsend

Published on: 13 Jul, 2021
Updated on: 14 Jul, 2021

PCC Lisa Townsend

Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend has welcomed the confirmed easing of remaining Covid-19 restrictions that the government has confirmed will go ahead on Monday (July 19).

All legal limits on meeting others, on the types of businesses that can operate and restrictions such as the wearing of face coverings will be removed.

The rules will also be eased for fully vaccinated travellers returning from “amber list” countries, while some safeguards will remain in place in settings such as hospitals.

Ms Townsend said: “Next week marks an exciting stride towards the ‘new normal’ for our communities right across the country; including business owners and others in Surrey who have had their lives placed on hold by Covid-19.

“We’ve seen an amazing determination over the last 16 months to keep Surrey’s communities safe. As cases continue to rise, it is so important we embrace the new normal with common sense, regular testing and respect for those around us.

“In some settings, there may be continued measures in place to protect us all. I ask Surrey residents to show patience as we all adjust to what the next few months will mean for our lives.”

Angela Richardson MP for Guildford

Guildford’s MP Angela Richardson echoed the PCC’s caution: “Although there will be plenty of people in Guildford, Cranleigh and our villages who support this move and the removal of restrictions, we also have to remember that there are those who are still waiting for a second jab, or who haven’t had their first yet.

“Please do exercise common sense and personal responsibility, remembering that the precautions we take in enclosed spaces and larger gatherings are for other people’s safety rather than our own. Self-testing and limited use of face coverings will continue to be a part of learning to live with the Covid-19 virus.

“I look forward to gathering with friends though – and speaking to more constituents in person once again.”

Cllr Joss Bigmore

GBC’s council leader Joss Bigmore said: “I welcome the PCC’s advice. As I have said before, July 19 will feel too early for a lot of the population given the case numbers while there are significant numbers that feel restrictions should have been eased months ago.

“Please look after each other, our behaviour has consequence not just on ourselves but those around us and it’s impossible to know the personal circumstance of everyone we interact with.  I encourage everyone to remember the basics: hands, face and space.”

Surrey Police has seen an increase in demand via 101, 999, and digital contact since the previous easing of restrictions in May.

Ms Townsend commented: “Surrey Police officers and staff have played a central role in protecting our communities throughout the events of the last year. I want to stress my eternal gratitude on behalf of all residents for their determination, and for the sacrifices that they have made and will continue to make after July 19.

“While legal Covid-19 restrictions will ease on Monday, this is just one of the areas of focus for Surrey Police. As we enjoy new freedoms, officers and staff will continue to be there visibly and behind the scenes to protect the public, support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

“You can play your part by reporting anything suspicious, or that just doesn’t feel right. Your information could play a part in preventing modern slavery, a burglary, or providing support to a survivor of abuse.”

Surrey Police can be contacted on Surrey Police social media pages, live chat on the Surrey Police website or via the 101 non-emergency number. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

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