Many of the pubs and restaurants will be opening this weekend across Rushcliffe and council officers will be working with police locally to ensure people are able to enjoy themselves safely.
Nottinghamshire Police force is working closely with Rushcliffe Borough Council who will have Environmental Health Officers carrying out unannounced visits to premises to ensure they are adhering to government guidelines.
Local officers and a police licensing officer have powers to enforce current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which are in place in parts of West Bridgford, which means local park users and town centre visitors must stop consuming alcohol when asked to do so by an official.
Premises locally will continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the PSPO rules.
The force is urging people to drink responsibly, follow the guidance set out and maintain a safe environment for everyone.
Neighbourhood Inspector Craig Berry is on duty responsible for public order policing for the force said: “We are all looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality after three months of lockdown.
“Many of our pubs, cafes and restaurants will be opening in the coming days including those on Central Avenue in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.
“Obviously this is exciting for people to be able to go back to their favourite haunts and meet with friends and family, but we must urge people to remain cautious.
“Covid-19 has not gone away and we all need to be careful.
“We will have officers out on patrol, as they have been throughout these strange times, engaging, educating and encouraging people to stick to the government guidelines.
“There is of course the small matter of the Derby v Forest match on television. All we ask is that you enjoy the game on the screen and stick to the rules that people have been doing so well so far this year.
“We are all looking forward to the weekend. It is likely to be busy but we hope people will behave responsibly.
“I am very keen, as are all local partners, to support businesses as recovery takes shape.
“People can expect to see a large number of uniformed officers on duty especially around our town centres.”
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Environmental Health and Licensing teams and Police are continuing unannounced high-profile visits to licensed premises across the Borough to ensure compliance with licensing and covid requirements.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We are working with businesses to ensure all are taking the necessary steps to operate safely.
“Please act responsibly and respect the location you are in the area. Premises in West Bridgford continue to display signage at their premises reminding customers to follow the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) guidelines.
“All officials and police have powers to enforce PSPO rules which means local park users and town centre visitors must stop consuming alcohol when asked to do so by an official.
“Failure to comply can lead to a fixed penalty notice or prosecution at court and a fine of up to £1,000.”
If you have any concerns or witness something suspicious over the weekend, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101. In an emergency, dial 999.