Statement from West Yorkshire’s PCC on the Government updates on Covid-19 restrictions
23 February 2021
PCC Mark Burns-Williamson said that he cautiously welcomed the plans to bring the country out of lockdown restrictions but urged people across the region to adhere to the guidelines that are currently in place until the further changes come into play.
Mr Burns-Williamson said: “None of us ever thought we would be here nearly 12 months on and I know it has been an incredibly difficult time for so many.
“Now that new plans for easing us out of lockdown have been set out, I urge people across West Yorkshire to continue to play their part in ensuring they are keeping themselves, families, colleagues and their communities safe with thoughts of better times ahead.
“We can only do this by following the guidance ensuring we are doing the right thing collectively, managing our own behaviours and activities. I know this has put so much pressure on people and businesses, and parents having to juggle working and home schooling while schools still remain closed until March 8.
“The Police in West Yorkshire will continue to maintain their approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging the public wherever possible, but using enforcement powers when and where it is necessary for wider public protection purposes.
"I’ll be having further conversations with the Chief Constable and our partners as the next phases of the restrictions are eased in the coming weeks and months ahead, but hopefully as more people are vaccinated and we continue to do the right thing we can come out more quickly and safely at the end of these unique times that we have all faced.”