‘Take personal responsibility for social distancing’ is the advice from Police this weekend.

The Government’s current COVID-19 restrictions remain despite many restrictions lifted on July 4. Wiltshire Police urge people to follow current guidelines, but also be sensible and responsible with their behaviour over the coming months.

Latest statistics show that a total of 224 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were issued in Wiltshire between  March 27 and  June 24 but none since  May 31.

Latest weekly figures, between June 14 and–June 21 show the Force recorded:

• One incident linked to COVID-19 – the same as the week before
• Two crimes linked to COVID-19 – compared to five the week before
• No FPNs for the third week running
• No arrests for breaches of COVID-19 legislation.

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: “The Government’s latest announcement is that we will soon see pubs and restaurants reopen and we will be able to spend more time with friends and loved ones. However, it is important to note this lifting of restrictions does not happen until July 4, so the current situation remains the same.

“The Government has made it clear we will only be able to enjoy these new freedoms if we are responsible with them. If cases begin to rise again, we could very well see ourselves back in lockdown, so I urge everyone to use personal responsibility and behave in a way which will keep us all safe.”