Live updates and the latest advice on the coronavirus outbreak and how it’s affecting the Lyme Regis area:

Museum hopes to reopen in September

Dorset Council’s country parks to re-open

Police ask public to act responsibly this weekend

Libraries stepping up during lockdown

Dorset Police says thank you to volunteer special constables

Man abused and spat at after car park collision

RNLI and coastguard launch new safety campaign as more expected to head for beaches

Dorset Council to reopen car parks and toilets in ‘key locations’

Lyme Splash swim and water polo championship cancelled

Preparations made for young children to return to childcare

Pubs need more clarity before reopening

Lyme artist painting portraits of NHS staff as a way of saying thank you

Bags left next to recycling banks will be treated as rubbish

Dorset schools prepare for pupils to return

Lifeboat and Carnival weeks cancelled

Release of Mary Anning biopic ‘Ammonite’ delayed amid pandemic

East Devon starts to reopen public toilets

Dog restrictions to come into force again this month

Charges reinstated at Dorset’s open car parks

Police back ‘think twice’ message to deter visitors

Golf and tennis facilities reopen


Return to boating at Lyme Regis harbour

Thank you to Dorset’s outstanding volunteers

Visitors asked to think twice before coming to Dorset

East Devon resumes green waste collections

More guidance needed on how to safely operate Dorset’s £1billion tourism industry

RNLI seeking clarity on Prime Minister’s announcement

Do you support Dorset Police’s approach during lockdown?

Government agrees to dairy farmer support after MP’s plea

Household recycling centres will re-open for waste posing risk to health

Funding for East Devon groups providing food for residents in need

Emergency services continue to work together to tackle COVID-19


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Last ever Guitars On The Beach rescheduled for next year

95% of independent news providers have received zero government support during lockdown

East Devon council leader asks visitors to stay home this Bank Holiday

Dorset Council thanks school teachers and childcare providers

East Devon offers funding for those in financial difficulties

Supporting the community through coronavirus

First day of cricket season passes without a ball bowled due to COVID-19

Canadian visitors unsure how they will get home

Coronavirus continues to hit local events calendar


Laptops and phone to help homeschooling Dorset children

Additional £160million for South West councils but Dorset warns it’s not enough

Healthy Start scheme supporting pregnant women and young families

Support needed to keep Marie Curie Nurses on the frontline

Rotary supports charities through COVID pandemic

Hotline offering free technical support during pandemic

Follow guidelines when taking daily exercise

Council drivers supporting vulnerable residents

Army of volunteers helping pharmacies

Dorset Police issue 118 fines to those breaking ‘stay at home’ rules

Council incurs additional costs of £13million a month amid pandemic

Local catering company says thank you to NHS and key workers


New interactive road safety workbook launched

‘Now is not the time to get complacent’, says Dorset Police

Help for all ages during coronavirus

Emergency services launch #Unacceptable campaign

Fake cold callers target those in need during coronavirus pandemic

Parking attendants playing ‘vital role’ in keeping traffic moving


Join the fight against fly-tipping

Fire service warn against using Chinese lanterns

West Dorset MP delivers locally-made hand sanitiser

Grants for groups supporting community coronavirus efforts

Dorset firefighters to help with ambulance duties

Monmouth Beach chalet and caravan park closed

Council will not enforce beach dog regulations during pandemic

Cemetery re-opened after public backlash

Fire service calls for stop to unnecessary bonfires during pandemic

Keep Dorset litter free and bin the disposable gloves

Lyme residents keeping themselves busy in lockdown


Community support group receives £3,000 grant

West Dorset MP sends best wishes to Prime Minister

Melplash Show cancelled

Call East Devon’s coronavirus hotline for help and support

Uplyme’s annual Summer Show cancelled

Dog restrictions on beaches still apply during epidemic

Hix restaurants placed in administration

MP appeals for help in supplying personal protective equipment to local hospitals

Man arrested in supermarket for contaminating goods

Council faces backlash after closing cemetery

Lyme Regis GP urges all to stay at home

Mayor writes letter to residents urging them to focus on positives during pandemic

New rubbish and recycling guidance for all Dorset residents

Essential road surfacing works will restart this month

Dorset’s public footpaths to remain open during coronavirus outbreak

Accommodation found for homeless during coronavirus epidemic

Free parking for key workers in Lyme Regis

RNLI’s Blessing of the Boats cancelled

Avoid bonfires and controlled burns

More than 100 coronavirus cases in Dorset

Town bus service to be suspended

Shielding Dorset’s most vulnerable residents

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Dorset

Digital champions ready to help during times of crisis

Police urge residents to be good neighbours

Dorset Council suspends car park chargers to support key workers and residents

Updates on community response to coronavirus

Palmers Brewery offers rent reductions to licensees

Garden waste bin collections suspended

Make sure you’re fire safe while staying at home

Authorities call for visitors to stay home this weekend

Stay at home with the Jurassic Coast Trust

History repeating itself for local hotel owners as they close doors temporarily


No more local football this season

Foodbank in more need than ever

Lyme Bay Radio suspends broadcasting

“Virus or no virus, we are here for you”

Community radio station lifting residents’ spirits

West Dorset will rise to the challenge

LymeOnline to suspend print issue for foreseeable future

Help relieve pressure on waste collection services

Lyme invited to join national applause for NHS staff

Churches turn to online services amid coronavirus outbreak

MP tells visitors to ‘wake up and stay home’

Dorset confirms first death from coronavirus

Holidaymakers asked to stay away from South West

Jazz Jurassica second major festival to be cancelled

We’re all in it together

How are bin collections being handled during virus epidemic?


The latest closures and event cancellations

Lyme Regis Town Council suspends all meetings

Guitars On The Beach still currently going ahead

Dorset Council postpones all meetings

Theatre and museum close doors temporarily

All local football postponed to later date

Lyme skittles league suspended

Town council to ‘support wider community’ through coronavirus pandemic

Fossil Festival and other events cancelled amid coronavirus outbreak

COVID-19: What is it and how do I protect myself?

Community comes together during coronavirus outbreak

Latest global figures (March 15 2020)

  • Latest figures from the World Health Organization report 153,517 confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide
  • A total of 5,735 have died from the virus
  • As of 9am on March 15 2020, 40,279 people have been tested in the UK
  • 38,907 were confirmed negative and 1,372 were confirmed as positive
  • 35 patients who tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK have died
  • There are 22 confirmed cases in the South West including 6 in Dorset, mostly in the Bournemouth area

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Cup victor’s keeper isolated after suspected coronavirus

Perry Street League cancels all games amid coronavirus outbreak

Fears over coronavirus start to take effect on local life


Coronavirus risk closes district council offices

Woodroffe alleviates coronavirus concerns after students return from Italy

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