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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest Government Advice


Stay alert

The Government's latest advice on Covid-19, issued on 10 May 2020, is to Stay Alert.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  1. Stay at home as much as possible
  2. Work from home if you can
  3. Limit contact with other people
  4. Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  5. Wash your hands regularly

Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

The Government has published the following advice:

Staying Safe Outside  

General Safety Guidance 

UK Reovery Plan 


Police Powers

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. On Friday 27 March police officers were given new powers by parliament to ensure that people stay at home and avoid non-essential travel.

The new powers mean officers can:

  • Order people to go home, leave an area or disperse
  • Ensure parents are doing all they can to stop their children breaking the rules
  • Issue a £100 fixed penalty for a first offence, rising to £200 for a second 
  • Impose further fines up to a limit of £3,200 for those, who continue to break the rules.

How to protect yourself and others

Staying home if you think you have coronavirus (self-isolating)

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others 

How to protect extremely vulnerable people (shielding)

For information what to do if you think you have Coronavirus go to the NHS website www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

For advice and updates from the Government, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Testing and treatment are free of charge, regardless of immigration status. Information in 40 languages including Punjabi, Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Kurdish, Czech, Farsi and Tamil can be accessed here.

Latest updates from the Police and Crime CommissionerPCC_BC_3_S8B2410

29 April 2020 - PCC and Teesside University join up on research project during Covid-19

The OPCC is being assisted by academics from Teesside University on a research project to measure public perceptions of policing during Covid-19. Read more and take part. 

24 April 2020 - PCC holds Chief Constable to account in latest video broadcast
The need to strike the right balance between engagement and enforcement was a key theme of the latest PCC scrutiny of Cleveland Police. Watch now.

23 April 2020 - PCC seeks assurance on early prison releases in Cleveland
The Ministry of Justice's plans to release up to 4,000 low-risk offenders nationally is back underway. Mr Coppinger spoke to criminal justice leaders to ensure people in Cleveland remain safe. Read more.

16 April 2020 - Commissioner urges support for foodbanks during Covid-19
As demand for foodbanks increases, PCC Barry Coppinger called on people who are able to support foodbanks by making donations. Read more.

15 April 2020 - PCC responds to Cleveland Police's enforcement figures
Cleveland Police published figures on the number of enforcement notices and warnings they had issued to people not adhering to the Covid-19 guidance. Read more.

10 April 2020 - PCC publishes scrutiny video call with Chief Constable Richard Lewis
The Commissioner held a video call with the Chief Constable and raised a number of issues around Covid-19 - including those sent in by the public. Watch here.

8 April 2020 - Commissioner maintains scrutiny and partnership priorities during Covid-19
Despite social distancing rules, the PCC was able to virtually host his regular scrutiny meeting with Chief Constable Richard Lewis and his senior team. He has also been engaging with local criminal justice partners and the Policing Minister. Read more here.

30 March 2020 - PCC to raise public questions on new Covid-19 powers
The Commissioner is inviting the public to raise any questions they may have with regard to the new Covid-19 police powers. Mr Coppinger is able to raise issues direct with the Chief Constable of Cleveland and to the Policing Minister Kit Malthouse. Read more here.

27 March 2020 - Government re-assurance on PPE for the frontline
Mr Coppinger received assurances from the Policing Minister that problems delivering Personal Protective Equipment to the frontline were being resolved. Read more here.

24 March 2020 - OPCC will continue to operate despite government lockdown
Mr Coppinger writes a letter to partners and key stakeholders to inform them that his office will work remotely to deliver his objectives during the Covid-19 crisis. A similar statement is issued to the public.

17 March 2020 - PCC responds to latest on Covid-19 pandemic
PCC Barry Coppinger reaches out personally to all victim services commissioned by his office as the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic continued to escalate. Read more here.

13 March 2020 - Local, mayoral and PCC elections postponed
On Friday 13 March 2020 the Cabinet Office announced that they are bringing forward legislation to postpone local, mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections until May next year. Cleveland PCC Barry Coppinger understands this course of action and will be remaining in post until elections are held. Read his full statement.

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