LYME Regis Town Council has re-opened the cemetery to allow residents to visit the graves of loved ones.
The town’s cemetery off Charmouth Road was locked at the end of March, following the introduction of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.
Advice on the matter from Dorset Council said, as other publicly-accessible areas are closed, it would be consistent with all the other COVID-related legislation to close non-essential areas, including burial grounds, to the public.
However, the decision resulted in some backlash from Lyme Regis residents. They argued it was unnecessary to close the cemetery, as groups did not congregate there, and it would affect people’s mental health not being able to visit the graves of loved ones during this difficult time.
Having taken further advice, the town council has now unlocked the main Charmouth Road entrance to the cemetery to allow residents to visit graves.
However, the King’s Way and Elizabeth Close entrances remain locked as the cemetery should not currently be used as a thoroughfare.