Police urge caution as additional officers take to the streets to relax
This week saw the return of inner hospitality for the first time in 2021, and with it the opportunity for drinkers to return to pubs.
A vibrant trade has already been reported across the county, with some seeing unprecedented revenue for a weekday.
This weekend will be the first where people can drink inside pubs since the start of the third lockdown – indoor hospitality has been allowed to reopen from Monday.
West Mercia Police said the latest regulatory changes were the “most significant” yet and called on the public to be on the lookout for Covid guidelines as detente continues.
Inspector Paul Bent warned that people “blatantly ignoring” the remaining restrictions will be fined, and also warned against people attending or organizing “large illegal parties or unlicensed music events.”
He added that there would be more officers on patrol as the number of people consuming alcohol increased.
The easing comes against the backdrop of a number of incidents in Shrewsbury in recent weeks – even before the rules were relaxed – where several premises have been targeted by vandals.
Inspector Bent said: “The further easing of restrictions on Monday, May 17 was the most significant change in regulations since we began to emerge from the last lockdown and it is an exciting time for everyone.
“People will no doubt want to spend more time with their friends and family, and with the recent changing weather, it is great news that Inner Hospitality is once again open.
“However, while it is understandable that people are excited, we ask them to remain cautious and continue to follow the rules regarding the coronavirus.
“As the nighttime economy begins to grow again, we will have more agents on patrol and, as we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to follow the national four Es model: “Engage, explain, encourage and, where appropriate, Impose”.
“Those who blatantly ignore the remaining restrictions, such as attending or organizing large illegal parties or unlicensed music events, can expect a fine.”