POLICE are urging people in Rotherham to pull together and stay at home as the UK prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day tomorrow.
Sup Paul McCurry said: “Tomorrow is a hugely significant day, something we should celebrate.
“VE Day is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the enormous sacrifices that were made, and mark a day when people could truly begin to hope for the future.
“I know this comes at a time when people are also making their own personal sacrifices. It’s been almost seven weeks since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced and this prolonged period of isolation and uncertainty is becoming increasingly difficult for many people.
“Understandably, people will want to share tomorrow with neighbours, family and friends. However, I encourage everyone to mark this day at home with loved ones. Please don’t socialise beyond the people you live with or join gatherings outside your home address, no matter how small.”
He added: "Officers across South Yorkshire will conduct enhanced patrols this weekend as we continue our work to encourage compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.
"Police will take every opportunity to explain what is expected and will hone in on areas where residents continue to report people breaching restrictions.
"Although the majority of the public across South Yorkshire have abided by the guidelines,we want to avoid an increase in breaches this bank holiday."
Supt McCurry added: “Enforcement remains our last option and I can’t emphasise enough how grateful I am to the public of South Yorkshire for continuing to work with us and support us during this time.
“Please don’t lose sight of why we are doing this. We are in this together, to save lives.”