BBQs in Altrincham and mass football matches in Partington: Police issue warning after 35 Covid-19 breaches in two hours

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Greater Manchester Police has said it received over 35 reports of possible Covid-19 social distancing breaches in just two hours last night – including barbecues in Altrincham and “multiple” house parties in Trafford.

Other incidents noted by police included street parties in Old Trafford, over 30 people playing football in Partington, large groups drinking and causing anti social behaviour in Urmston, a large group gathering in Flixton, over 30 youths causing issues at Trafford Park and over 15 children playing together in a park in Sale.

Chief Inspector Nasim said “I can appreciate continuing to follow the Government guidance to protect your health can be difficult as the weeks have turned into months.

“However, the vast majority of Trafford residents are following the social distancing measures to keep their family and friends safe. Unfortunately, a small minority seem to think that Covid-19 is no longer an issue as they ignore the advice and put themselves and those around them at risk.”

“Yesterday the warm weather had a major impact on the volume of reports we received in a short period of time. We currently have a limited number of officers and we try to attend as many reports as possible to engage, educate and where necessary prosecute those that continue to ignore advice. While officers are responding to these reports they are unable to attend other emergency calls. “

“The majority of issues last night related to younger people, so I would ask parents and guardians to remind their children about the Government advice to keep everyone in the household safe and well.”

“We all need to keep on playing our part in stopping the spread of Covid-19 to protect our communities.”

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