Harry Cornick Image supplied by Bedfordshire Police

Police officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in key areas

As lockdown restrictions ease further, Luton Town Football Club and public services in Bedfordshire are asking people in the county to continue to enjoy the return of the football season from home.

Dubbed ‘Super Saturday’, Luton Town will host their next home game against Reading at 3pm on Saturday (4 July), but the club are still urging Hatters fans to watch the game from home. Luton Town striker Harry Cornick, said:

“It was strange not having supporters at our first home game against Preston, as our fans are literally our 12th man with the backing they give us.

“We miss them singing our songs and enjoying the whole matchday experience, but we all know that it has to be done for the safety of everyone at the moment.”

Officers will be carrying out targeted patrols in key areas and will be on hand to engage, explain and encourage people to adhere to the government’s guidelines, as well as helping protect the public from the risk of crime. PC Steve Mason, from Bedfordshire Police’s football unit, said:

“Please do not visit the grounds on match days as you will not be allowed in and players will already be inside the venue. Whoever you support and whatever matches you’re following this week, stay safe.”

From this weekend, many businesses and venues including pubs, bars and restaurants will be permitted to reopen, providing they follow COVID-19 government guidelines.

Some pubs will not be in a position to reopen on Saturday and for the ones that can, the experience they will be able to offer may be very different to what people remember.

The infection rate in Bedfordshire remains one of the highest in the region. The public is being urged to behave “sensibly” now that restrictions are easing to avoid putting more pressure on policing, paramedics and the NHS.

Cllr Sian Timoney, Deputy Leader of Luton Council, said:

“While there is some easing of restrictions from this weekend, I need to remind people that in Luton we are still seeing some concerning infection rates compared to other parts of the country, so we are still asking everyone to stay at home as much as possible and stick to the 2-metre social distancing when you do go out.”

Top tips on how to stay safe

Stay home – Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from the virus. Saturday is expected to be very busy, with limited capacity and lots of new operational changes such as no live entertainment. Avoid crowds, enjoy the game at home and stay safe.

If you are going out then it’s important to stay alert to the virus – Ensure government guidance is at the forefront of your mind when you’re out, including the number of people you have arranged to meet. Remember, the amount of alcohol you consume could affect your judgement and ability to stay alert to the virus, so please drink safely and sensibly. You should remain socially distanced at all times, bring your own masks and sanitisers and follow the venue’s rules.

Plan your day properly – Ensure you know which venue you are going to and book a time slot in advance, where possible. Plan your transport to and from the location and please remember that wearing a face covering on public transport is now mandatory.

Returning home – When you come home it is important to reduce the risk of spreading the virus to your household by washing your hands immediately. Ensure your clothes are washed regularly to avoid the virus staying on fabrics.

Luton Town season ticket holders will be able to stream all home and away fixtures using iFollow. More details about how to watch the club’s matches are available on the club’s website.

For further advice and government guidance please visit Bedfordshire Police and Gov.uk

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