Dorset Police is reminding residents and visitors not to become complacent and to continue to stick with the current COVID-19 restrictions to help halt the spread of the virus.
The number of positive COVID-19 cases is increasing across England, mainly involving the Delta variant, and cases in Dorset are highest the younger age groups, particularly among the 15 to 24-year-olds.
There are still some limited restrictions in place. People should only meet others inside in groups of up to six people or with members of two households. This rule is also in force in pubs and restaurants.
Local authority licensing teams will be visiting venues to ensure compliance continues.
People can also meet others outside, such as private gardens or public spaces, but this is capped at 30 people.
Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya, of Dorset Police, said: “I understand some people are frustrated that we did not enter Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap as predicted on Monday 21 June. However, we are seeing a steep rise in cases in Dorset and elsewhere in the country and it is imperative we all do our bit to limit the spread of the virus.
“We are asking all members of our community, including young people and visitors, to continue to follow the rules on meeting others indoors and outside. Whether it be catching up with friends and family or watching the Euros tournament over the coming weeks please remember to wash hands regularly, give each other space and throw open windows and doors to provide fresh air.
“If we all stick with these rules and advice together, we stand a far better chance of reaching the next step of the roadmap and seeing greater freedom.”