New lockdown guidance for officers

First Minister Mark Drakeford announced a change to lockdown restrictions on Friday allowing people in Wales more freedom to meet people outside but still asking them to stay within five miles of home.

The amendments to the Health Protection Regulations came into effect yesterday and still mean different restrictions are in place in Wales and England.

The Police Federation of England and Wales has worked with the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the College of Policing to produce new guidelines for officers setting out what is now allowed, what is not and what powers police have.

Roger Webb, secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation, commented: “Police officers remain committed to keeping the public safe and helping protect the NHS so they will work with the public to ensure the new guidance is followed.

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, they will follow the Four Es of engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce. The newly published guidance will help officers do their job so I would urge all members to try to find the time to read it.”

Health Protection Regulations – Wales – updated.