Coronavirus: Trafford Council to step up police patrols to ensure social distancing rules followed


Trafford Council is to step up police patrols against people who are continuing to “flout” the social distancing rules.

While most people are following the guidelines announced by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus, a minority are still flouting the rules. With the weather expected to improve and Easter Bank Holiday weekend coming up there are concerns that people may not heed the warnings.

Council officers are encouraging people who use the borough’s parks and open spaces to follow the new guidance which is as follows:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons, exercise or work (if you cannot work from home)

  • Limit outdoor exercise to once per day

  • If you go out, stay two metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

  • Do not meet people from outside your household, even friends or family

If people have a concern about social distancing guidelines not being observed – for example there are groups congregating in public spaces - this can be reported by calling 0161 912 3434 or by emailing

When issues are reported, the individuals concerned will be reminded of the current social distancing requirements and encouraged to comply. In serious cases, where the wider community may be put at risk, police will have the powers to fine people and the Council can issue community protection notices.

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