Safer Cornwall is urging people to know their limits and think of others while out socialising as lockdown restrictions ease.
Many people will be looking forward to catching up with friends and family in their local pub gardens or outside restaurants as England enters Step 2 of the Government’s lockdown roadmap. Remember under the current restrictions you are still only permitted to meet outside in groups of up to six or two households.
Safer Cornwall is asking people to respect the local community, protect themselves and others by maintaining social distancing and regularly washing or sanitising hands, and being careful as they enjoy the easing of restrictions.
Supporting Safer Cornwall’s campaign, Nicole Grant, owner of Whiskers bar in Newquay, is asking customers to be kind and respectful.
She said: “Whilst we are unable to reopen just yet we are really excited that some of the pubs and restaurants in Newquay will be opening their gardens this week.
“When you're out and about having fun - which we totally deserve - please be kind to other people and please be respectful to the staff.
“Don't let your fun ruin someone else's day”.
Danny Byrne from Change 4 U, a domestic abuse prevention project provided by the charity Barnardo’s, is reminding people to know their limits.
He said: “Alcohol changes our behaviour and sometimes brings out the worst in people.
“You’re more likely to fall out with your friends, your partner or your family when you’ve had a few too many.
“Know your limits and if you start to feel aggravated or uncomfortable, remember that you can step away and call it a night.”
You can keep track of the amount of alcohol you are drinking by downloading the drinks meter app from www.drinksmeter.com.
People who are planning to socialise on beaches are being urged to stay safe and not leave behind bottles, litter or barbeques that could hurt others.
Steve Instance, RNLI Water Safety Lead in the south west, said: “If you are heading to the coast this week, please make sure you visit a lifeguarded beach – you can find them all on the RNLI website.
“When at the coast, if you see someone in difficulty remember to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.
“We all know that swimming in the sea or being around cliffs after you’ve been drinking alcohol is not a good idea, especially if it’s getting dark, as alcohol can seriously impair your reactions and ability to swim. So please be sensible and think of your safety, as well as those around you.
“And if you are going to the beach remember to take your rubbish home with you. Don’t leave barbeques around for someone else to stand on as they can cause serious injuries, particularly to children.”
If you are being subjected to anti-social behaviour, which is causing you alarm, harassment or distress, report it to the police.
Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if a crime is happening right now. If it’s not an emergency, call 101 or email email@example.com
If you or someone you know needs support with alcohol, We Are With You can help. You can reach out by calling 0333 2000 325 or go to www.wearewithyou.org.uk.
Safer Cornwall is a partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who work together to make Cornwall’s communities safer.