Dorset Police warn not to overcrowd local beaches

Dorset Police warn not to overcrowd local beaches

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:27am 1st June 2020.

The numbers of people heading to Dorset beauty spots is increasing and Dorset Police and Dorset Council are urging the public to "respect our local communities and to stay safe."

Dorset Council’s Corporate Director and duty Gold Command Officer Jonathan Mair said:

"This weekend, with continued good weather, the number of visitors to the county has increased significantly.

"This is putting pressure on local beauty spots and beaches and we are seeing people not able to social distance properly.

“Unfortunately a number of people are parking inconsiderately and sometimes dangerously.

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"We have taken measures to close a number of roads in the county today for safety reasons.

"If an area is busy, please head home and don’t add to the crowds. Our priority is to protect residents and visitors health and wellbeing and for them to stay safe."

The Government’s health advice has not changed – we all still need to stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of the virus.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Callaghan, of Dorset Police, said:

"The images circulated from Durdle Door show that too many people made the decision to go to the beach rather than going elsewhere.

"The critical incident that occurred in this area demonstrates how important it is to act responsibly and not overcrowd our beaches.

"If an emergency situation arises, we need to be able to clear an area to allow for the treatment of seriously injured people.

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"As there were too many people on the beach, we had no option but to put people together into allocated areas to allow helicopters to land.

"Yet again, we would remind the public that if an area looks too busy, please go home or elsewhere."

Dorset Police say they enforce the law and not Government guidance or advice so they are unable to enforce social distancing, the wearing of masks or avoiding public transport.