Hackney Council has issued a plea for residents and businesses to be mindful of their neighbours this weekend amid concerns that the reopening of pubs and restaurants will see an increase in antisocial behaviour.
Mayor Philip Glanville warned that, while it will be “great to see more people out enjoying themselves”, there are people who still need to stay at home and others who are “nervous about returning to our streets”.
Council enforcement teams and extra police officers will be on patrol, and businesses have access to information and free materials to support them in reopening safely and abiding by coronavirus guidelines.
Pubs, restaurants, places of worship and some street markets will be open from tomorrow, but residents are still required to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people from any household.
Customers are asked to follow instructions put in place by businesses, including regular hand-washing, wearing face coverings and being wary of social distancing, particularly when two metres is not possible.
Mayor said: “While it will be great to see more people out enjoying themselves, it’s also as important as ever to respect neighbours and remember that some people are still staying at home or nervous about returning to our streets.
“We know that some residents will be concerned about antisocial behaviour this weekend, which is why we have a clear plan in place and have worked closely with businesses, police and other partners to keep everyone safe.
“Many of our streets and pavements in Hackney are residential and narrow, so please also consider those who may have mobility issues.
“This crisis is far from over and it’s everyone’s responsibility to play their part – so please, as you show your support for local businesses this weekend, remember to be considerate, especially to fellow residents, follow the guidance and stay safe.”
Council-run street markets in Hoxton and Kingsland Road will reopen tomorrow, with Leonard Street, Old Street and Narrow Way markets resuming on Monday.
Ridley Road Market remains open, and further details about the reopening of Chatsworth Road and Broadway markets are expected soon.
Strict safety measures will be in place at markets, including crowd barriers, two-metre floor markings and one-way systems, with social distancing advisers on hand and signage displayed to help customers.
Council play areas and outdoor gyms will stay closed this weekend while safety checks are completed on equipment that has not been used since March.
It is understood that play areas and gyms in parks could reopen from next week.
Hackney Council has today been granted an injunction for London Fields, prohibiting the consumption of alcohol and laughing gas, damage to wildlife, loud music, littering and more.
Locals there have faced an onslaught of litter, public urination and defecation, with parks officers said to be under unprecedented pressure to clear up the mess.
Full guidance about what you can and can’t do from 4 July is available on the government’s coronavirus website
For detailed information about the support available for businesses in Hackney, visit hackney.gov.uk/support-for-business