Weymouth beach dog rules to be reintroduced

Weymouth beach dog rules to be reintroduced

Published by George Sharpe at 1:08pm 18th May 2020. (Updated at 1:09pm 18th May 2020)

Dorset Council are reintroducing restrictions that will stop you walking your dog on the beach.

Dog owners are currently allowed to walk their dogs in areas where they would normally be banned due to a decision made by Dorset Council earlier this year, due to the lockdown.

It meant owners wouldn't be punished for breaching the Public Spaces Protection Orders in place in those areas, including Weymouth Beach.

The decision comes after the alteration of some of the government's COVID-19 guidelines, meaning residents are now allowed to drive to their place of exercise.

Map of beaches where dogs are allowed.

Owners will be able to take their dogs to designated areas as long as they are following social distancing rules.

The restrictions for dogs on beaches will be reintroduced on Friday 22nd May.

Cllr Tony Alford is Dorset Council's Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, he said:

"The restrictions have been put in place so that local families can enjoy the beach safely at two metres distance from people who are not part of their household.

"Although beaches are open, we are still suggesting caution as far a swimming is concerned. The RNLI has said that lifeguards will not be on beaches and so is advising people not to swim."

The council is also expecting an increase in the number of people cycling in the town. 

They're reminding cyclists that restrictions will be in place along the promenade. 

You can find more information on the Dorset Council website.