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All Crawley pubs, cafes, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms to close from tonight

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told all cafes, nightclubs, bars, theatres, restaurants, leisure centres and gyms to close from tonight Fri 20th March.

The instructions, which apply across the country, are to try to stop the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The PM addressed those who were considering going out tonight to meet friends at a bar or pub or going to a restaurant asking them all to not go out.

The news comes as the Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new raft of measures to help protect peoples wages with grants available to businesses covering 80% of salaries with an upper limit of £2,500 per month.

Only two days ago K2 Crawley had announced that they would be staying open until they were told by the government to close. The same had also been reported by other gyms in the town.

Many restaurants and cafes were also still operating with many people seen enjoying coffee outside the premises in Queens Sq.

Now, the decision to stay open has been taken away from them all and after tonight they all must close tonight as soon as possible. Delivery services are still allowed to operate.

Shops, however, are not at risk of closure at the moment which will still allow smaller corner shops to operate as well as the larger supermarkets.

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‘With community spirit & patience we will get through this’ – Crawley Police Chief thanks residents for staying at home

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Chief Inspector Shane Baker who is the District Commander for Crawley and Mid Sussex has thanked the towns residents and his own officers for their commitment to following the governments emergency measures.

Since the measures were introduced the majority of residents have been following the measures and when not required to go to work or to do essential travel have been staying at home.

But the Chief Inspector was also quick to point out that those who do flaunt the measures will find his officers will enforce the legislation where necessary.

CI Baker confirmed his officers who have been actioning ‘Operation Apollo’ have only had to deal with a handful of situations where some people were not abiding by the new rules but that these were very few.

So far officers had only had to deal with some shoppers breaking rules in a supermarket, gatherings being arranged on social media in several wards and some house parties.

He also confirmed that whilst 5% of his officers were off self-isolating, there was no disruption to their service as demand for general policing, in particular residential burglaries, was down due to people being indoors.

CI Baker added that those officers working from home were still able to continue investigative duties.

Nationally the police have had to contend with a lot of backlash as some forces were deemed to be acting far too heavy handed. CI Baker said that so far there had been no need for officers to fine anyone and that he was keen his officers used tactics of visibility and persuasion first and foremost.

His officers were also taking measures to protect the public as much as possible by keeping social distancing between themselves where possible and where it wasn’t such as within patrol cars, they were working with the same colleagues to minimise any potential spread.

CI Baker said:

“I thank the vast majority of Crawley residents and my officers for their continued commitment to the governments emergency measures.

We are still seeing people out without cause; these are not guidelines, this is for your own safety. My officers will enforce the emergency legislation where proportionate and necessary, but they should not have to.”

“We are all impacted by this pandemic, but with a sense of public duty, a community spirit and continued patience we will soon get through this whilst saving the lives of many.”

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