Patrols start immediately
Devon & Cornwall Police says officers will start targeted patrols with immediate effect, to encourage people to follow new restrictions on movement, as part of efforts to tackle coronavirus.
People can now only leave home for shopping, for one form of exercise a day, for a medical appointment or to help a vulnerable person. They can also go to work, but only if absolutely necessary.
Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew said: “With immediate effect we are deploying officers to undertake targeted patrols, actively encouraging people to adhere to the measures which have been put in place.
“Over the next few days, additional legislation will be made available to the Police, however I anticipate the vast majority of people within our communities will adhere to these restrictions. We each have a part to play to protect the loved ones in our communities and by doing this we can save lives."
He added: “I am confident that whilst we are working in an unchartered environment and the measures are unsettling for everyone, working together, we can all make an impact to prevent the spread of the virus and save lives.”
Police will be able to fine those who flout the restrictions.