RESIDENTS have been urged to act responsibly as pubs in Runcorn and Widnes reopen this weekend.

Bars and restaurants across the UK will be able to welcome customers back for the first time since March on Saturday, July 4.

And Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is asking patrons to be mindful of social distancing guidelines if they do visit any such establishments.

David Keane says he ‘hopes officers will not have to be deployed in order to address disorder’.

He added: “I understand that people haven’t had the opportunity to go out over the past few months and will be eager to celebrate as our pubs, bars and restaurants reopen, but I am urging people to act responsibility.

“The vast majority of Cheshire residents have followed the government’s advice over the past few months, and I would like to see residents being as considerate as they have been in the lockdown.

“The chief constable has assured me that his officers will be available to ensure people can enjoy their weekend safely, but I would also like to see local people taking personal responsibility for their actions as we all know that the coronavirus hasn’t gone away.

“This includes following social distancing guidelines put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, which is still in circulation in our communities.

“If these guidelines are not followed, we could see a second wave of the virus develop – which would put unnecessary pressure on our NHS.

“Please continue to respect all of our emergency services who have worked tirelessly to keep us safe during the pandemic.”