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Warning after false message allowing gatherings spreads in Lancs

Written by on May 28, 2020

A warning message has been sent across Lancashire to stop residents from following fake lockdown guidance that have gone viral.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum, which is leading the county’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, has moved quickly to shut down false information being shared across social media over public gatherings under lockdown.

The false information, which is being shared in the form of an image, says:

From 11.59pm on 31 May, public and outdoor gatherings can be held with a maximum of 20 people.

Private gatherings at home can have up to 20 people, including members of the household.

This is completely fake, the LRF has said, urging the people of Lancashire to only follow lockdown updates issued by the Government.

Posting the image to Twitter, a spokesperson for the Lancashire Resilience Forum wrote: “You may have seen this image being shared on social media.

“This is false! Any changes to the lockdown measures will be announced through central government and we will continue to provide official guidance to you.

“Please only share content from trustworthy sources.”

The LRF is a group of organisations, including councils, Lancashire Police, and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, that work together to prepare and respond to emergencies in Lancashire.

In emergency situations, the LRF has the following common objectives:

  • Prevent the situation from getting worse
  • Save lives
  • Relieve suffering
  • Protect property
  • Recover to normality as soon as possible
  • Facilitate criminal investigation and judicial process as necessary