Local councils urge people to stay away from beaches over bank holiday weekend

People are encouraged to stay away from beaches on weekends when England is supposed to sunbathe in dry, sunny weather.

Pictures of crowds flocking to the beaches of Brighton and Southend in the past few days have raised fears of social distancing, and councils responsible for beauty spots across England are warning people to stay away.

After loosening some blocking measures last week, there are no restrictions on how far people can go to be in the country, in national parks and on the beaches of England.

The Met Office predicts Monday temperatures in London could hit peaks of 26 ° C, with coastal areas likely to peak around 20 ° C.

Saturday is expected to be the coldest day before mercury rises on Sunday and Monday, with wall-to-wall sunshine in the west and sunny spells in the east.

City councilor Carmen Appich of the Brighton & Hove City Council asked anyone thinking of traveling to the city to “think very carefully about how their trip will affect others”.

The Hastings Borough Council has now said the area is “closed to visitors from outside the city.”

Similarly, vacationers are told that the Isle of Wight Council’s “clear advice” is to stay away.

After pictures showing crowds of people earlier this week in Southend, Essex, the council chairman said the easing of restrictions has put the council in a “very difficult position”.

Councilor Ian Gilbert said on Friday: “We have had a successful Don’t Visit Southend campaign for many weeks, but the lifting of the restrictions by the government has put us in a very difficult position because day trips and sunbathing are allowed and takeaways are open can be business. “

After seeing the number of people who traveled to the coast this week, the Sefton Council in Merseyside has launched a new campaign before the holiday weekend.

“I wish you weren’t here!” is the Council’s view of the postcard message it sends to people thinking of traveling to its beaches from all over the northwest.

People are also advised not to visit Blackpool to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

And the leaders of three local authorities that border Morecambe Bay asked people to think twice before visiting the area.

In Cornwall, the presidency warned that there is no lifeguard cover and that a large swell on the coast and a spring tide will result in dangerous sea conditions at the weekend.

Rob Nolan, cabinet member for the Environment and Public Protection at the Cornwall Council, said people should not vacation in Cornwall and have to return to their “primary residence” every night.

The Devon County Council urged people to “think twice about visiting the coast” and consider whether they could stay closer to home.

The National Trust is asking people across England to stay close to their homes this weekend and explore local green spaces and landscapes to simplify the lockdown process.

At the daily press conference in Downing Street, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “It is inevitable that the public will obviously be traveling a lot more, but of course our message is clear to the public – yes, enjoy being outside, we have it People are encouraged to go out, but we have a very clear limitation.

“It is all conditional. You can enjoy being out in the sun provided that you follow the advice and we will continue to stop and prevent the spread of the infection. “

Meanwhile, Welsh Secretary of State Simon Hart said that the different approaches between England and Wales would increase the likelihood of people breaking the blocking rules on weekends on public holidays.

When asked if he thought people were likely to break the rules, Mr. Hart told PA news agency: “Anything that indicates that there are other rules on one side of the border increases the likelihood that this will happen There are some examples of how people were attracted to Wales when they arrived without knowing that it was a different regime. “

However, the MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire said he believed that the “vast majority” of people complied with the blocking rules in Wales.


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