Assistant Chief Constable Paul Anderson, from Humberside Police, said: “With pubs, bars and restaurants reopening this weekend, we expect many areas across Hull, East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire to become busier as people head out to socialise together.
“We will have additional officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) and our Patrol teams out across the force area, including places with high concentrations of hospitality such as Hull City Centre, Beverley and Cleethorpes, patrolling and checking in with local bars and pubs, to help keep everyone safe.
“We will also be working with partner agencies such as the city councils and licensing agencies.
“We want to make sure that as the restrictions are eased and more people begin to socialise, it’s an enjoyable and safe occasion for all.
“Having those extra officers out on the streets means that should any issues emerge or if we find anyone to be behaving inappropriately, we can, and will, deal with them quickly. I want to be clear that behaving anti-socially or committing offences of any kind is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“It’s important to remember, there is still a pandemic out there, government guidelines are still in place and it is the responsibility of everyone to help keep communities safe by following those guidelines.
“The vast majority of people in this area have been really good at adhering to the guidelines that have been put in place to limit the spread of Covid-19 and I believe that people will continue to behave responsibly as the restrictions are eased.
“If any issues do arise, my teams and I have plans in place to deal with them, to ensure no one is put at risk and everyone can enjoy the opportunity to socialise safely.
“I would ask if you have any information about offences being committed in your area, please call our non-emergency 101 number or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.”