Know before you go – plan ahead and stay safe this weekend

THE weather forecast is set for warm and sunny this weekend and Dorset Council want residents and visitors to enjoy the summer safely.

There are measures in place across the county to help cope with an influx of visitors to Dorset. But the council’s advice is as follows:

  • Be prepared to sit in traffic
  • Make sure you have plenty of water with you
  • Have face coverings handy if you need to use shops for supplies
  • If the spot you are heading for is busy, then find a less busy area
  • If it’s getting too busy for social distancing, then head home

Coastal towns and rural beaches are obvious hotspots and the council is confident it has robust plans in place, working alongside its partners, to manage the potential for high numbers of visitors across Dorset.

Anyone planning a day out is encouraged to ‘know before you go’ and plan ahead before setting off on a day trip. It’s worth checking @TravelDorset Twitter account for any accidents, delays or roadworks.

Also, know where you are going to park when you reach your destination as some places require visitors to book parking in advance. Lyme Regis car parks to do not require booking but car parks generally fill up early and there is currently no park and ride service, so have an alternative plan on where you can park.

Cllr Gary Suttle, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “We welcome visitors to our beautiful county, but we want them to be respectful of our local communities by not using disposable BBQs, taking litter home and parking considerately.

“Everyone should still be maintaining social distancing and keeping up with good hand washing practices and using face coverings where appropriate whether on the beach, in a pub or out shopping.”

More about staying safe outside your home can be found at www.gov.uk/staying-safe-outside-your-home

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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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