Think twice before rushing to Dorset this weekend

Think twice before rushing to Dorset this weekend

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:56am 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 12:08pm 22nd May 2020)

Dorset Council are asking people to 'Think Twice' before visiting Dorset over the bank holiday weekend and during half term. 

The county has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and the council don't want the virus spreading.

So, they are asking people from other parts of the country not to visit Dorset this weekend. 

Leader of Dorset Council Spencer Flower said the Think Twice message is very clear: 

"It's key, people need to Think Twice about whether they want to venture a long distance from home, the guidance from national government is still very clear. 

"As a tourist area, we are very aware of the impact it will have on large numbers of people visiting Dorset at this time.

"High in my mind is the importance of public health and the wellbeing of the community of Dorset."

Durdle Door_Credit Matt Pinner small

The government's latest guidelines prohibit people from staying overnight at a place that isn't their main home.

Whether that's in a car, motor home, camper van, second or holiday home, the council are reminding people that they must not stay overnight.

The government has also said:

"It is also important that everyone continues to act responsibly, as the large majority have done to date.

"The infection rate will increase if people begin to break these rules and, for example, mix in groups".

The RNLI has said that lifeguards will not be on beaches and is advising people not to swim or take part in water sports.

RNLI lifeguard in action

Even though Dorset's travel was down by 40% last week there were still problems in Lulworth and Portland, visitors were parking illegally, littering and not social distancing. 

Dorset Council say the number of people at beauty spots and beaches was manageable and most of them maintained social distancing.