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Stay home and save lives this Easter weekend

Stay home, stay safe, and save lives - that's the message from senior officers at Cleveland Police ahead of the Easter weekend.

By staying home, not only do you protect loved ones, but the many selfless keyworkers risking their lives to save others.

Police will continue patrols in towns and villages over this weekend and beyond to engage with people about the restrictions. Their aim is to encourage people to do the right thing in complying with the government request, before enforcement action is used.

Everyone should remain home unless they have a reasonable excuse to leave, which can be found on the government website

Those wanting traditional Good Friday fish and chips are being asked to use a delivery service as people standing in large queues and around public spaces can put people at risk - and it's simply not worth it during this pandemic.

Chief Superintendent Jon Morgan from Cleveland Police said: "This is an unprecedented time, and although it is a public holiday, people need to stay home so that they can protect the NHS and save lives.

"I would like to thank the majority of people who understand the need to follow the rules in place and are doing the best they can to abide by them.

"We know it's not an easy time for people, but if we all work together, we can safeguard families and vulnerable people living in our area.

"It's clap for carers tonight, and I will be clapping for the NHS and our own officers and staff who are doing their duty to keep people safe. I ask local people to do their duty by following the rules in place."

Cleveland Police recognises that many Christians will want to join others in prayer on Palm Sunday and throughout Holy Week and many Churches are streaming online services and sermons on Sunday morning and have online resources available.

Congregations are asked to check their Church websites and social media pages for further details.

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Read the latest advice from Government and Public Health England.

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