Visitors to Essex Sunshine Coast reminded there is little to do during Covid-19 lockdown

Friday, 22 May, 2020
Clacton Martello Beach

Ahead of the Whitsun bank holiday weekend day trippers considering a trip to Tendring’s coastline are being reminded if they come there is little to do during their visit.

Under the Government’s Covid-19 guidance people are permitted to travel for exercise and to make use of open spaces, such as parks and beaches, for sunbathing and picnicking – as long as social distancing is maintained.

However attractions are not yet permitted to open, and although kiosks are allowed to serve on a takeaway basis along the Essex Sunshine Coast people must not congregate outside of them.

Neil Stock OBE, Leader of Tendring District Council (TDC), said it was vital people maintained social distancing and avoided crowded areas.

“I’m sure many people will be thinking of coming to the beaches at Clacton, Frinton, Walton, Brightlingsea or Dovercourt and enjoying the fantastic coastline we have in Tendring,” Cllr Stock said.

“We are allowed to do so, the Prime Minister has made it clear people can travel to sunbathe and exercise. These things are important for our mental health.

“But please remember if you’re coming to the Essex Sunshine Coast, or one of our parks and gardens, there’s nothing to do – nowhere to buy ice creams, you can’t sit down for a coffee or a beer. You can bring your own refreshments, but please use a bin or take your rubbish home with you.

“If people do not follow social distancing guidelines, then we risk another wave of Coronavirus and a return to lockdown, which I am sure nobody wants. You must Stay Alert to Save Lives, stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household, and regularly wash your hands.

TDC car parks in the district are open, and drivers are encouraged to pay by phone or using the smartphone MiPermit app, rather than using the meters where possible to reduce contact with shared surfaces.

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Last updated on: 22/05/2020 - 10:06