Authorities call for visitors to stay home this weekend

LOCAL councils are calling for visitors and day-trippers to stay away from the area this weekend. 

Both Lyme Regis Town Council and Dorset Council are hoping to deter visitors this weekend in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Despite pubs, restaurants and cafés closing doors, and local events being cancelled, crowds still flocked to Lyme Regis and other local beauty spots late weekend to enjoy the improved weather and Mother’s Day.

This resulted in West Dorset MP Chris Loder and local councils calling for visitors to stay home.

The town council and Dorset Council have now closed car parks in Lyme Regis, including Monmouth Beach and Cabanya, Charmouth Road, Holmbush, Cobb Gate and Broad Street (Van Allen’s) car parks. Woodmead Halls car park will remain open to permit holders only.

Harbours have also closed, including in Lyme Regis and West Bay.

Cllr Gary Suttle, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “Following our recent video on Facebook and Twitter, I want to stress to all our residents and potential visitors I ask you to please, please, do not come to Dorset this weekend, please don’t go out to our numerous beauty spots.

“Even if you feel well now you could be carrying the virus. We all want to enjoy Dorset in our futures please do not take that opportunity away from yourselves and your loved ones.”

The councils are working with Dorset Police and officers will intervene with all gatherings of more than two people in public. The advice is to stay home and exercise from there.

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