Norfolk Police would like to thank people for following government guidelines and staying at home over Easter.
The majority of people listened to the advice to stay at home and stay away from others, and not travel to tourist spots, coastal retreats, parks and public areas, but there were some who chose to ignore the social distancing guidelines.
In the village there have been a few silly examples of people breaching the restrictions, for example picnicing for long periods on the Common, but the Easter weekend was far quieter than the previous weekend with fewer cyclists and motorists travelling from afar. Norfolk police and the Broads Authority ranger have been very supportive, for example, providing warning signs and making regular visits to monitor matters on the Common.
Across Norfolk the police received 353 calls from members of the public reporting people ignoring the guidelines on Good Friday (10 April 2020), and a further 452 calls on Saturday, 11 April 2020. On Easter Sunday (12 April), the constabulary received 304 calls from members of the public reporting people ignoring the guidelines, and a further 152 calls on Easter Monday (13 April). Over the four day period a total of 536 warnings were given to those found in public places and to those who had gathered at other people’s addresses.
One Norwich man has been sentenced to 16 weeks in prison after assaulting a police officer and breaching the Covid-19 restrictions, following an incident when an officer who was on patrol in the city, came across a group of approximately 10 people congregating in a park in Norwich at around 11.35am on Easter Sunday.
Assistant Chief Constable Julie Wvendth, said: “This Bank Holiday Easter weekend was unlike anything we’ve experienced before with the public asked to keep away from beauty spots and avoid socialising in person. For many people that will have involved cancelling their plans and not spending time with friends and family. I know this will have been difficult and I want to thank people for complying with the government’s guidelines.”