Young people across Cambridgeshire are being urged to continue to follow the current coronavirus guidelines.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary has issued a plea along with Cambridgeshire County Council following a number of incidents over the past week where people were reported gathering in large groups in Parker’s Piece, Midsummer Common and Jesus Green.
As a result, patrols have increased across the city and green spaces to encourage people to follow the rule of six.
The local force understands how much young people have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic but officers are continuing to see an increase in people gathering in large groups across Cambridge.
The rules are very clear that no more than six people can be together inside or outside and police urge everyone, for the sake of the health of their families and friends, to continue to follow the law.
Since the groups were reported last weekend more officers have been out on patrol across the city, including last night around the bars and restaurants on St Andrew’s Street where crowds have been spotted before.
Superintendent James Sutherland, area commander for the south of Cambridgeshire, said: “Our message throughout this pandemic remains the same that this is about personal responsibility.
“While the majority of people are acting responsibly, there are a few who are choosing to ignore the guidance and causing disruption for the local community.
“The rules are very clear that no more than six people can be together inside or outside and we urge everyone, for the sake of the health of their families and friends, to continue to follow the law.”
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Dr Liz Robin, the Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, also issued a statement to young people about the stark reality of a local lockdown if rules continue to be broken.
She added: “We know how much young people have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown and that many are concerned by its effect on their education, job prospects and social life, as well as their mental health and well-being.
“Unfortunately, if young people don’t follow the Covid-19 rules this will result in the virus spreading more quickly in our area – increasing the risk of a local lockdown which would make the impact of the pandemic on young people even worse.”