A police chief has reminded students celebrating their A-level results not to waste a “happy occasion” by ignoring the coronavirus lockdown rules.
Greater Manchester Deputy Chief Constable Nick Bailey has warned against organizing or attending parties, saying fixed sanctions notices could be issued.
The metropolitan area saw 1,106 lockdown rule violations reported last weekend, 25% more than the previous weekend.
Tightened Covid-19 restrictions were reintroduced to the area on July 31.
New legislation came into force five days later for Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The rules prohibit people from separated households from mixing in their homes or gardens. However, people are allowed to visit pubs, bars and restaurants with members of their own household.
Of the 1,106 reports received by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) between 7 and 9 August, 540 were for house parties, while 48 pubs were accused of breaking lockdown rules.
Officers witnessed 40 incidents, arrested 10 people and issued 11 fixed penalty notices.
Mr Bailey said: “I understand the Level A results are coming out this week and people will rightly want to celebrate.
“However, please keep the Covid-19 regulations in mind in your celebrations as we don’t want to spoil what should be a joyous occasion by issuing fixed penalty notices at house parties or illegal gatherings.
“It should be noted that the recent peaks in Greater Manchester, which led to further restrictions, centered on home parties with young people aged 17-18. “
Mr. Bailey added that “where people continually break the rules, we will act”.
A force spokesperson said that following the reintroduction of restrictions, officers were only asked to apply “flagrant violations.”
Officers stopped an “illegal auto encounter” in Wigan and two large rallies in Salford and Rochdale, he added.
Urging people to follow the rules, Mr Bailey said Greater Manchester was ‘still in the midst of a pandemic’ and if he understood the desire to ‘get back to normal as soon as possible’ the regulations must be respected.
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