Wiltshire Police said there had been a rise in the number of the coronavirus incidents in the past week. 

There were 40 call-outs linked to Covid-19 between April 27 and May 4, the force said. That was up from 31 the week before. There were 12 crimes related to the virus, down from 13. 

Officers issued 19 fines to people accused of flouting the coronavirus regulations, up from 12 in the penultimate week of April. 

One person was arrested for breaking the rules, compared to two the week before. 

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “While it is disappointing that we are still dealing with some incidents involving breaches of the Covid-19 guidance, it is important to note that we are only dealing with relatively small numbers of people.

“I know there is a lot of speculation in the media about the next stage of the government’s response to the pandemic, as well as an interest in what the Prime Minister will say in his national address on Sunday evening.

“But it is important to note that the government restrictions around social distancing remain in place at this time further to any official announcement which states otherwise.

“So, if you would like to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, please celebrate at home with members of your own household. Please, stay safe, stay at home and help protect the NHS.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson said: “This bank holiday weekend marks a very special occasion for the country – the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

“I know that many people will feel disappointed that plans for street parties and other celebrations have had to be cancelled.

“But, everyone’s safety must be our priority and it is not worth risking our health.

“So, please make sure you celebrate at home. There are lots of suggestions and ideas online for ways we can mark the milestone safely – making bunting, having a picnic in your garden, and even a national sing-along.

“The important thing is that we all stay safe.”