Greater Manchester Police called out to 1,008 parties over Easter weekend

Greater Manchester Police

There was also reports of 54 licensed premises serving alcohol across the borough.

Despite previous warnings from the constabulary in light of the government guidelines for UK lockdown amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Greater Manchester Police has revealed it was called out to 1,008 public parties over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Revealing to the Manchester Evening News, officers were called to 222 such reports on Good Friday, 309 on Saturday, 386 on Easter Sunday and then a further 91 on Easter Monday.

It was confirmed that many of these gatherings included people from multiple households coming together to enjoy the nice weather in a number of ways including BBQs and street parties.

Additionally, GMP also confirmed that it received reports of 54 licensed premises serving alcohol to customers.

In anticipation of the warm weather expected over Easter, Greater Manchester Police produced and published a map which showed there had been almost 500 house parties and 166 'street parties' reported from 25th March - 7th April, some including DJs, bouncy castles and firework displays.

This map accompanied specific warnings and was released with hopes that it would deter members of the public from meeting up over the long weekend.

Greater Manchester Police

Speaking to the M.E.N, Chief Constable of the GMP, Ian Hopkins, said: "Generally, we are seeing pretty good levels of compliance and, I would suggest, social responsibility from people over the whole of Greater Manchester."

"Our message has been pretty clear, to stay at home and protect the NHS and save lives. That's been the campaign. I actually think it's too easy to talk about the numbers, particularly of deaths and the numbers who have the virus."

"We all need to remember these are real people. People have lost their loved ones. Families are losing people too early when they shouldn't be. Listening to some of the reports about what it's like to lose someone and you can't be with them, it's heart-breaking.

"I just think people who think it's okay to flout the regulations should just think about those families, and think about future families who will lose loved ones if this virus continues to spread in the way that it has been..."

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According to the latest figures released by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 12,107 people have sadly died after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Greater Manchester's overall death toll has risen to 592, according to NHS England.

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