Monday, July 13, 2020

Visitors urged to stay away from the Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast as lockdown relaxation comes into effect

Visitors have been asked not to flock to the Lincolnshire Wolds and Coast following the Government’s updated travel advice.

While these areas provide open spaces for exercise, people are being reminded of the importance of social distancing and that car parks, tourism businesses, services and facilities remain closed.

Councillor Craig Leyland, Leader of East Lindsey District Council, said: “On Sunday the Prime Minister announced a number of changes to the lockdown measures, including the news that, from Wednesday (13 May), people will be able to travel for exercise.

“I know that this will have left many thinking about travelling to our District, in particular the Wolds and Coast. Both locations do provide open spaces for exercise but for the time-being we are asking people not to rush to visit the area – car parks are closed and tourism businesses such as caravan parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and attractions are all closed.

“Our priority continues to be limiting the impact that Coronavirus has on our communities and our vulnerable residents and in line with Government guidance we’d encourage people to stay at home as much as possible to help save lives. You can do this by giving us time to help prepare the district to safely receive visitors again.

“We are working on measures, including things like updated car parking information, to ensure that people who visit East Lindsey can do so in the safest manner possible. For now we ask that everyone who lives in the District and those who choose to visit continue with social distancing, to act responsibly and to stay safe.”

Cllr Mark Dannatt, Mayor of Skegness, said: “Recent Government guidelines have changed which suggests that people can go out on day trips to take their exercise.

“I just want to remind everyone that Skegness is still closed and that no facilities are available. If lots of people come to Skegness you will be less able to maintain social distancing rules and be more likely to spread the virus, put local people at risk and put a strain on the NHS.

“Better times are ahead, but we all need to be patient now. So please don’t visit us until it is safe to do so and we will let you know when we are open.”

The Government’s new Coronavirus rules have now come into effect, slightly relaxing lockdown in England. There are a limited number of things you can now do that you could not do before:

  • spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
  • meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
  • use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
  • go to a garden centre

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