'You don't know where they've been': Council 'bans snogging' ahead of Bank Holiday weekend

Emily Cleary
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A council has warned residents not to get carried away and start 'snogging' over the Bank Holiday weekend, for fears of a resurgence in coronavirus. (Getty images)

A city council has taken to Twitter to urge "sesh-fit" residents not to start "snogging" strangers over the Bank Holiday weekend. 

In a series of tongue-in-cheek tweets, Plymouth City Council warned people not to get drunk and kiss outdoors because "you don’t know where they've been".

It said "funny business" should be avoided, and snogging strangers in parks or beer gardens was off the cards amidst fears of a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

The council wrote: "Baaank Holidaaaay and in the immortal words of Kool and the Gang: ‘celebrate good times - come on!’

''Some of you should be sesh-fit by now and able to hold your booze.

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''But in case you haven’t…. it’s time for the ‘don’t tell me how to drink and behave’ weekly lecture from us."

The council then proceeded to advise that police and COVID marshals will be patrolling the city over the weekend to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to.

"On the Hoe: drink by all means but don’t be an idiot," it continued.

"We’ve got special powers, not X-ray vision but something worse - the power to take booze off people misbehaving.

''The police and COVID marshals will be EVERYWHERE, so no funny business."

Plymouth is one of the UK's zero-COVID areas according to data published on Friday. Nobody in the city council area has died of coronavirus for 57 days thanks to low infection rates.

PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 12: Shoppers walking through the City Centre on April 12, 2021 in Plymouth, United Kingdom. England has taken a significant step in easing its lockdown restrictions, with non-essential retail, beauty services, gyms and outdoor entertainment venues among the businesses given the green light to re-open with coronavirus precautions in place. Pubs and restaurants are also allowed to open their outdoor areas, with no requirements for patrons to order food when buying alcoholic drinks. (Photo by William Dax/Getty Images)
Plymouth is encouraging residents to remember social distancing rules while enjoying the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend. (Getty Images)

However, the emergence of new variants and threat of relaxed attitudes over the weekend prompted authorities to remind residents of certain rules and regulations.

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"Barbecuing in a light Arctic breeze?," the council asked. "We’ve got fire proof bins which clearly say put your disposable BBQs here - please use them. Bins - we’ve got some big ‘uns which will be emptied regularly. Use them. If they’re full, take your rubbish home."

DEVON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 2006: Torpoint and Plymouth Naval Base in Devon. on 8th September 2006. (Photo by David Goddard/Getty Images)
The city of Plymouth will be on alert to spot anyone breaching social distancing rules this weekend after the city council tweeted a series of warnings to residents. (Getty Images)

And rules for pubgoers were made clear: "Wear a mask if you go inside to use the toilet. Keep your distance or you could be asked to leave.

"Don’t move the tables - they are kept apart for social distancing. No snogging or hugging outside your household - you don’t know where they’ve been…"

Finally, the Twitter thread appealed for respect for other people's property.

"There are loads of loos - use them, not some poor soul’s doorway," it said. "Keep the noise down. Put your rubbish in bins - they are gi-hugeous, come in fashionable black or grey and you can’t miss them. If it’s full, take your rubbish home.

"We’ve got marshals at taxi ranks to make sure folk queue in a proper British manner. Bear with the drivers, they have to clean touch points after each ride.

''Our spies tell us that drivers get flack for asking passengers to mask up. They're keeping you safe."

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