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Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information

Stay local and enjoy our coastline responsibly

01 April 2021 : Council news, Community, Environment

With the 'Stay at Home' order lifted SWT is expecting to see a rise in visitors to its popular beaches and coastal communities this Bank Holiday and half term.

The Council is asking visitors to the area to be considerate to local communities, park responsibly, dispose of litter carefully and follow the signage in place to keep everyone safe.

Covid wardens will be present along Minehead beach and in the town centre to offer help and advice; and will carry masks and sanitizers to hand out if necessary.

The wardens are employed by the four district councils in Somerset – Mendip, Sedgemoor, Somerset West and Taunton and South Somerset and are recognisable from their pale blue waterproof coats with COVID Warden clearly marked on the back.

Whilst some restrictions for people to leave home have been relaxed; the guidelines say that people should continue to minimise travel wherever possible and should not be staying away from home overnight.

SWT is reminding people who have a holiday home in the area that Government rules do not allow overnight stays until at least 12 April. Caravan and campsites and self-contained holiday accommodation can also reopen no earlier than 12 April exclusively for one household or support bubble.

When visiting Somerset West and Taunton people should remember it’s their responsibility to follow the Government guidance on staying safe to avoid spreading coronavirus in our communities. It is also asking people to observe the Countryside Code which has just been updated and can be viewed here.

The next few weeks will determine how the Government decide to move forward with the next phase of the roadmap.

Lou Woolway, Deputy Director of Public Health at Somerset County Council, said: “It’s great that lockdown restrictions are easing and we’re able to enjoy new freedoms such as meeting up outdoors with another household or a rule of six. It’s vital we continue to remain two metres apart from anyone who is not an immediate member of our household or support bubble when socialising outside.

“We all need to remain vigilant, careful and abide by social distancing rules. Covid is still here in communities and we don’t want cases to rise, which could affect the roadmap. Enjoy these new freedoms, but enjoy them safely. If we all follow this guidance now, all play our part, we will stay on target for further restrictions to be lifted.

“Remember - stay local, minimise travel and behave responsibly and continue to follow ‘hands, face, space’ with the new message of ‘fresh air’ to minimise catching Coronavirus and spreading it to others – even if you are vaccinated.”

For more information on the Government roadmap visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary