North Staffordshire families are being warned police could be asked to step in should they organise Easter egg hunts for local children.
Madeley Parish Council has taken the drastic decision to warn families Staffordshire Police could close down any eggs hunts if they are seen to be breaking the strict social distancing guidelines.
The council has warned its residents that congregating in groups or doing egg hunts that involve touching people’s property could ‘risk lives’ due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It comes as the UK prepares for its third week on lockdown with foreign secretary Dominic Raab yesterday issuing a plea to the nation to stay at home over the long weekend.
A spokesman for Madeley Parish Council said: “We know it’s Easter Weekend and that your children will be missing Easter egg hunts given the current Public Health Emergency.
We would, however, remind you that Coronavirus is spread in many ways and that groups congregating in an area or doing Easter Egg hunts that involve touching parts of people’s property could cause the virus to spread and risk lives.
“As such, whilst we love the community spirit that has been shown by locals offering to give children eggs, we would remind you that this is a clear breach of the Government guidelines and could be a serious risk to your health and the health of others.
“If you are seen to be promoting or advertising perceived gatherings with an organised Easter egg hunt the police will be asked to intervene.
“Please stay home and stay safe and avoid partaking in such events. We will have many events once this is over to try and make up for those that have been missed.”
Police officers have also urged families to stay at home this weekend. Chief Inspector Mark Thorley, commander of the Staffordshire Moorlands policing team, recorded a video message from the Roaches in Leek asking families to take their exercise close to home.
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