Leader joins Police on first weekend of pub reopening

Release Date: 08 July 2020

The Leader of Richmond Council joined with local Police this Saturday to meet residents and businesses in Richmond Town Centre.


This weekend, watering holes, eateries and hairdressers across the borough reopened their doors as coronavirus lockdown restrictions continued to ease.

Following a virtual meeting with over 170 residents from the Richmond area, discussing concerns surrounding anti-social behaviour, Cllr Gareth Roberts joined Inspector Rebecca Robinson and Inspector Rumi Miah on patrol. They met with residents and publicans to see how businesses have had to adapt to the new safety measures and see how the local area was coping with a possible influx of visitors. 

Cllr Gareth Roberts, said:

“I was generally impressed with how Richmond coped on Saturday. Of course, not all pubs and restaurants have reopened yet – however those that did have put in copious measures to ensure the safety of all their customers.

“There was an influx of people who had come to Richmond solely to socialise on the Riverside and on the Green. A small number of those people did behave in such as way that caused concern for local people. However, as discussed at the virtual meeting, we have increased our Park Guard capacity in the area – particularly around the Green. We are pleased that residents are happy with this additional service. In addition, the Police are aware of the hotspots and officers were very visible throughout the weekend. 

“Like everyone else, I am pleased that I am able to go and get a pint now. However, we need to remember we are not out of the woods yet and with the weather set to improve we must not undo all the hard work.

“The safety of local people has to come first and it’s clear that we all need to maintain caution and vigilance. Too many people have died, lost loved ones or made huge sacrifices for us to rush back to normal without thinking of the consequences. The danger is still there, the virus is extremely potent and highly dangerous and will take lives.”

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Updated: 30 July 2020