A ban on the consumption of alcohol in open spaces is confirmed to have been put in place in Manchester city centre ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Greater Manchester Police informed the public via social media this afternoon.
A spokesperson for the constabulary stated this is due to “pandemic and public health fears” and that officers will be doing everything they can to “ensure legislation is complied with in order to keep everyone safe”.
It comes after police continued to get calls about illegal raves and parties taking place across the region, despite local lockdown restrictions amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Under new legislation, fines can potentially rise up to £10,000.
Inspector Jonathan Shilvock said: “Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, events taking place over the bank holiday weekend have had to be cancelled for fears around public health and a possible lack of social distancing.
“In previous years during managed and licensed events people have been permitted to consume alcohol in open spaces, however due to this year’s events being cancelled, and for the fear of the effect it has on public health, there is a Public Space Protection Order in place in Manchester city centre,”
He continued: “[This] prohibits the consumption of alcohol in a non-licenced public place and will be enforced this weekend by Greater Manchester Police.
“Public health is one of GMP’s priorities and we will do all that we can to ensure the population comply with the legislation, keeping the population safe.
“We urge anyone planning on gathering in the city centre this weekend to think twice, listen to government guidelines and protect the health of your family and friends by keeping to the social distancing rules this weekend.”
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