RESIDENTS and visitors to Cambridge are encouraged to stay safe and only travel into the city if they need to during what is expected to be a busy weekend of unofficial gatherings from this Friday.
Cambridge City Council is working with its partners, including the police, to prepare for this weekend’s unofficial gatherings on Midsummer Common and Jesus Green that may include football fans meeting to enjoy the Euros.
Robert Pollock, Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council, said: “We’re planning for a particularly busy weekend in our open spaces and in the city centre. I strongly encourage everyone to think in advance about where they want to go and when, and to come in at quieter times where they can. Residents should plan for a busy weekend.
“We want everyone to enjoy our parks and open spaces and all that Cambridge has to offer but coronavirus cases are rising again and many residents have not yet had their vaccinations.
“We all need to think twice before attending large gatherings and remember the rules of no more than groups of 30 outside and six inside.”
Inspector Paul Rogerson, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “We will have officers on patrol across the city over the weekend visiting the green spaces throughout the day and evening as we do most weekends.
“We are working with Cambridge City Council and partners to encourage people to enjoy the green spaces while continuing to adhere to the latest Covid guidelines.”
In April, the Eastern Region Section of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain and Cambridge City Council both announced that Midsummer Fair, which had been scheduled to take place on Midsummer Common from 23-28 June, would be postponed.
Despite this, and while no official event is happening this coming weekend, the council has been made aware that a significant number of people may travel to Cambridge for the evenings of Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June. A gathering of some hundreds of people could take place as it did last year.
Then, on Sunday 27 June groups of students are expected to mark the end of their exam period which, in the past, has led to large numbers of people on Jesus Green in particular.
This weekend will also see pubs and hospitality venues welcoming people who may be looking to enjoy a Euro 2020 match with friends in the pub, or to escape the football altogether.
Given the potential for large numbers of people getting together, the council is reminding everyone thinking of visiting parks, open spaces or hospitality venues to remember the national guidance, adhere to social distancing, wear a face covering as required and take precautions to keep safe.
Coronavirus transmission rates are increasing in Cambridge. As of today, there were around 62 per 100,000 cases of Covid - more than double the previous week. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=ltla&areaName=Cambridge
Cambridge has been in the top 10 lowest vaccinated areas in the UK. Only 53% of the population have had a first dose and 32% a second dose of vaccine. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/vaccinations?areaType=ltla&areaName=Cambridge
Everyone over the age of 18 is strongly encouraged to book their vaccinations now and help to reduce risk of community transmission. Find out more about booking vaccinations at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/