TWO people from London were fined for breaking lockdown restrictions after travelling to Lyme Regis over the weekend.
Dorset Police were out on patrol in local beauty spots this weekend, following a noticeable rise in numbers visiting areas such as Lyme Regis and Lulworth as the weather improved the previous weekend.
The following fines were issues for non-essential travel by officers carrying out patrols in the Dorchester and West Dorset area:
- Saturday, March 6 – two people were issued fixed penalty notices for travelling to Lyme Regis area from London.
- Saturday, March 6 – fixed penalty notice was issued to someone who had travelled to Ringstead from Poole.
- Sunday, May 7 – four bikers were issued with fixed penalty notices for travelling from Purbeck to West Bay.
Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya said: “While people are allowed to leave home to exercise, the government is asking the public to stay local when doing so. This means staying in your village or town and not travelling further to other areas because you’d like to visit your favourite beauty spot.
“No matter how challenging it may be, it is really important for everyone to continue to follow the rules over the coming months. We all have a responsibility to stick to the restrictions to ensure that we can move forward and not have to take a step back.
“I am really grateful to the large majority of our communities for behaving so responsibly. The government has announced its roadmap for how lockdown restrictions will be gradually lifted this spring and summer and it is reassuring to know that we should soon be able to see our friends and family, take trips away and enjoy meals out.
“I would like to reassure Dorset residents that our dedicated Op Tattoo officers are continuing to patrol these areas and the main routes into the county to ensure that people are sticking to the rules and keeping our communities safe.
“We will continue to engage, explain and encourage people to follow the rules, however if blatant breaches take place we will move to enforcement.”
Severe restrictions on travel and activities have been in place across the UK since we went into a third national lockdown in early January.
While today marks the first step on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, travel restrictions remain in place and the advice remains that you should not leave home except for essential reasons.
However, you are now permitted to meet with one person from outside your household or support bubble in a public, outdoor space, such as a park, for recreational purposes – such as catching up for a chat or having a coffee – rather than just exercise.
From March 26, outdoor gatherings of up to six people or two households will be allowed and the official message will change from ‘Stay at Home’ to ‘Stay Local’.
For more details on the current restrictions, visit gov.uk