Dorset News, Latest News, Lifestyle | Posted: Friday, August 7th, 2020 at 2:15 pm | return to news

Dorset Council advises people to plan this weekend with care

It’s going to be hot, hot, hot this weekend, and inevitably people will be planning to visit Dorset’s coastal towns and beaches.

Don’t overcrowd the beaches
Don’t overcrowd the beaches

However, although Dorset Council says it wants people to have a good time, it warns that measures are in place to cope with additional demand which could be placed on councils, the police, fire service and the NHS.

Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset Council said, “It’s important that as people enjoy Dorset this weekend, they do so safely. Thankfully we are welcoming back visitors in good numbers now, but we all need to play our part to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 while out and about in Dorset. I’m confident that the plans we have with our partners will cope with any anticipated additional pressure this weekend.”

Here are 11 tips for a safe and healthy weekend:

  1. Plan where you might park before setting off
  2. Be prepared to sit in traffic
  3. Check @TravelDorset Twitter for accidents, delays or roadworks
  4. Be safe by the water because there may not be lifeguards present on some beaches
  5. Don’t use disposable barbecues or have campfires
  6. Park considerately, respect the communities you are visiting
  7. Wear a face covering where necessary
  8. Keep up good hand washing
  9. Practice social distancing
  10. Avoid direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm, wear a hat and sunglasses
  11. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day to avoid dehydrating (especially so for babies and children)

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