Police called to 1,000 parties in Greater Manchester over Easter weekend despite coronavirus lockdown – The Sun


POLICE were called to over 1,000 parties and gatherings in Greater Manchester over the Easter weekend despite the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Revellers enjoyed DJs, bouncy castles, barbecues and even firework displays as the region's top cops urged Brits to think about families losing loved ones to the virus.

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Greater Manchester Police were called to 1,008 reports of house parties and other gatherings across Greater Manchester over the extended Easter weekend.

Cops were called to 222 reports on Good Friday, 309 on Saturday, 386 on Easter Sunday and a further 91 on bank holiday Monday, according to Manchester Evening News.

Officers said that many involved people from different households coming together because of the warm weather, enjoying barbecues, DJs, bouncy castles and fireworks.

However, the region’s top cop said that Greater Manchester was largely following the government’s lockdown rules.

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “Generally, we are seeing pretty good levels of compliance and, I would suggest, social responsibility from people over the whole of Greater Manchester.

“Our message has been pretty clear, to stay at home and protect the NHS and save lives. That’s been the campaign.

“I actually think it’s too easy to talk about the numbers, particularly of deaths and the numbers who have the virus.

CC Hopkins also said that those breaking the rules should think about the families losing loved ones to Covid-19.

He said: “We all need to remember these are real people. People have lost their loved ones.

“Families are losing people too early when they shouldn’t be. Listening to some of the reports about what it’s like to lose someone and you can’t be with them, it’s heartbreaking.

“I just think people who think it’s OK to flout the regulations should just think about those families, and think about future families who will lose loved ones if this virus continues to spread in the way that it has been.”

He added that it was “hard to tell” whether warnings issued last week telling people to stay in lockdown had any affect.

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Last weekend, the force was called out to 494 house parties across Greater Manchester.

In addition, they received reports of 166 street parties, and 173 gatherings in parks.

CC Hopkins begged Brits in the region to follow the government’s rules.

He said: “We understand the desire people will have to spend time with family and friends over the Easter period; however it is vital that we follow the government guidelines.

“Please don’t participate in other social gatherings inside or outside, no matter how big or small. We are trying to engage, explain, and encourage everyone to follow the government advice.”

On April 6, a shocking video showed more than a dozen people ignoring social distancing rules and having a karaoke street party in Ayrshire, Scotland.

The crowds cheer and laugh when told they’re flouting the two-metre rule put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

One local who appears to be on the phone to another pal says: “F***ing hell man, this social distancing is not going well on Marble Avenue. Street’s f***ing heaving.”

The government has said that people should not leave their homes except to buy food, for medical reasons, or to go to work if unable to work from home.

When outside, Brits have been told to stay at least two metres away from other people at all times.

Over 12,000 people in the UK have died from coronavirus.

The latest figures from the Department of Health show that there have been 93,873 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK, and 12,107 people have died.

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