Holidaymakers asked to stay away from South West

HOLIDAYMAKERS are being asked to stay away from the South West amid fears increased travel to the region could see the coronavirus outbreak quickly spread. 

Despite pubs, restaurants and cafés closing their doors this week, Lyme Regis seafront was busy on Saturday, with many visitors making the most of the improved weather.

This sparked complaints from many residents that ‘social distancing’ measures advised by the government were not being taken seriously enough.

In particular, concerns have been raised about the impact those travelling from all over the country will have on Lyme’s largely elderly population.

West Dorset MP Chris Loder described those visiting the county, especially the Lyme Regis area, as “reckless” in a Twitter post, encouraging people to follow government advice and stay home.

He added: “I will be doing all I can to deal with this.”

Dorset Council also asked visitors to stay away in a tweet on its Travel Dorset account, asking people instead to enjoy the weather from home.

Others have argued that tourism is essential for the local economy to survive, as visitors will be paying to park cars and using many takeaway outlets that local businesses have set up this week.

Following the concerns, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reinforced his advice that everyone should stay home where possible in his press conference on Sunday night. The government has also issued the below advice on essential travel.

Follow LymeOnline’s live updates on coronavirus for the latest news and advice, including how the outbreak is affecting the local area.

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About Francesca Evans 2232 Articles
Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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