Cornwall police launch extra patrols to stop drinkers taking advantage of Tier 1 rules

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Police in Cornwall have launched extra patrols to stop drinkers from neighbouring counties taking advantage of its loose coronavirus restrictions.

From midnight, the UK will finally leave a month-long national lockdown which saw pubs and restaurants shut.

But the majority of England will face Tier 2 restrictions, meaning a ban on households mixing indoors, and pubs and restaurants only able to sell alcohol with a "substantial meal".

Under the latest legislation, only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be under the lightest Tier 1 controls.

And from tomorrow, Cornwall will become the only place in mainland England where people can go drinking in a pub without ordering a “substantial meal”.

Devon and Cornwall Police has issued a warning to those flouting coronavirus restrictions (File image)

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This has fuelled fears that people from nearby counties will attempt to evade the current restrictions in their local area by flocking into the Cornish coast.

Devon and Cornwall Police said this week that they will continue to make full use of ten "Covid" cop cars to target those breaching coronavirus laws.

A spokesperson for the force said: "Following their successful use earlier in the year and as part of the Covid Surge Funding that the Force has received from the Government, Devon and Cornwall Police have made up to ten additional dedicated double-crewed units to be available to patrol at various locations across the force area.

Police will be on the look out for drinkers flouting coronavirus restrictions
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Cornwall is one of just three areas in England that will be in Tier 1
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"Their sole purpose will be to respond to Covid-related matters and these vehicles are additional to current response levels.

"Funding of these units remains in place until the end of March 2021, but their use will remain under constant review and will naturally reflect the localised situation and tier that the Government has placed our area within.

"Our policing approach from those working within these vehicles is the same as our wider approach, and that is to engage, explain and encourage people to comply, and as a last resort consider enforcement via a fixed penalty notice."

Drinkers in Cornwall won't have to order a "substantial" meal with their pints (File image)
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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 were published on Monday and come into effect on Wednesday.

Large swathes of the Midlands, North East and North West will be in the most restrictive Tier 3. This means household mixing will be banned except in limited circumstances such as in parks, bars and restaurants will be limited to takeaway or delivery services and people will be advised to avoid travelling outside their area.

Ministers must review whether areas need to remain under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions at least once every 14 days, with the first having to take place by December 16.

The need for the tier system must be reviewed every 28 days, with the first to be carried out by December 30.

The regulations could be in force until the end of February 2 next year when the law expires if the Government does not scrap or amend them in the meantime, the legal documents state.

The latest laws also amend the curfew for pubs and restaurants which are allowed to stay open – meaning last orders must take place at 10pm with venues closing by 11pm.

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