The Manchester Water Safety Partnership (MWSP) is urging people to stay safe by the water this spring as people return to waterside pubs, bars and restaurants following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
From 12 April 2021, when people in England will be able to visit the outside areas of bars, pubs and restaurants, the MWSP, is reminding people to take care when drinking near the water and to take a route home away from the water’s edge.
David Wilson, chair of Manchester Water Safety Partnership, said: “It’s great that people can now meet up with friends as restrictions continue to ease but make sure to stay safe when enjoying yourself.
“On your way home after a fun day or night out, you and your friends need to be careful. If you’ve had a few drinks, don’t walk home by the water’s edge, find another route. Stay with and look out for your friends to make sure that you all get home safely.”
Debbie Lumb, national health and safety advisor at Canal and River Trust added: “How wonderful that we can enjoy spring with friends and family at one of the many waterside pubs, bars and restaurants.
We know that spending time by water and being close to nature is good for your health and wellbeing, we just want those visiting the wonderful canal-side pubs, bars and restaurants to take care after they’ve been drinking.”
Stay safe this April:
- Look out for your friends, make sure you all get home safely.
- Find another route home away from the water’s edge.
- Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking.
- Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble.