BCP COUNCIL urges residents to report any rule breakers as restrictions ease and the weather warms up. 

The lockdown 'stay at home' message was dropped in England yesterday and a new 'stay local' slogan has been adopted as the rule of six and outside activities are given the green light. 

A string of high pressure is coming in from the east so we can expect it to be warm and settled this week - ideal for barbecues and well-deserved picnics.

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However, as restrictions ease, BCP Council have urged residents to remain cautious and continue following the strict coronavirus guidelines issued by the government. 

Andy Williams, head of safer communities, BCP Council said: "With the weather for this week looking good, we know many local residents will be planning to enjoy the sunshine and meet up with friends and family, now some restrictions on outdoor mixing have eased.

"Please keep a safe distance if you do meet others outside and stick to the limits on numbers: no more than six people (the rule of six) or two households should meet outdoors.

"Remember that one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms so it's vital we all continue following the rules, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Bournemouth Echo:

Following the rules remains paramount as England eases out of a three-month lockdown.

With a third-wave of coronavirus quickly spreading across the continent, residents have been warned to stay vigilant and stick to the rules.

New COVID marshals have been employed by the council in a bid to curb rule-breakers and ensure residents safety. 

People are also being urged to report any concerns of rule breaking to the council through their website. 

Mr Williams said: 

"Anyone who has concerns about others breaking the rules – for example, mixing indoors – can report their concerns to us via the BCP Council website.

“We also have between eight and ten COVID marshals in place this week and can increase the numbers of our officers at short notice if needed.

"Our COVID marshals will be patrolling the areas to keep people safe and to ensure that residents and visitors are following the current rules."