Dorset urged to stay at home this Easter

Dorset urged to stay at home this Easter

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:24am 10th April 2020. (Updated at 9:47am 10th April 2020)

Dorset residents are being asked by Dorset Council and Dorset Police to stay at home over the Easter break. 

The local authority are suggesting that we exercise with a run or walk near our homes.

Leader of Dorset Council, Spencer Flower says that our beaches, parks, beauty spots and countryside will still be here when the crisis is over.

"We know how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful part of the country but our enjoyment for that, for now, will have to wait. 

"There will be more summers, more bank holidays and more sunny days in the future, but now is not the time for venturing out, driving to places we know and love."

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An empty Borough Gardens in Dorchester.

Dorset Council say a nice way to explore the area where you live is taking a daily walk around the neighbourhood. 

The authorities say they understand the impact that the government restrictions are having on us.

Dorset Police chief constable James Vaughan says we must not lose sight as to why there are social distancing and self-isolation rules in place:

"It's to reduce the spread of the disease, to protect the NHS and save lives. 

"The key to making this work for everyone in Dorset is for everyone to be reasonable. Our interpretation is that it is not reasonable, for the majority, to drive to a specific place such as a beach or beauty spot. Please stay at home.

"I would like to reiterate my thanks to the public for working with us and supporting our efforts to enforce the new Government restrictions. Our Dorset communities have been fantastic at following these rules and I am certain our combined effort in this county will make a difference to combatting this terrible disease."

Visit Dorset are asking potential visitors to avoid the county and plan their visit for a future date.