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Think twice before visiting us

22 May 2020 : Council news

SWT is asking visitors to the area over the Bank Holiday and half term to be considerate to local communities.

While the Government has made it clear that people can drive any distance and spend more time outdoors the Council is asking people to think twice before planning their visit.

Although SWT car parks are open and some public toilets have been reopened, most other facilities remain closed including play areas and playgrounds.

The majority of visitor attractions including hospitality facilities are closed, and there are limited staff to oversee safety and security on beaches and in open countryside.

Going on holiday and visiting second homes is still not permitted. Campsites, holiday parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other holiday accommodation will remain close. Overnight stays in camper vans are not permitted.

SWT Executive Member for Economic Development and Assets, Cllr Marcus Kravis, said: “Some of our communities are understandably concerned about large influxes of people visiting local beaches and beauty spots in our area.

If people are planning to drive here for their recreation and exercise, we would ask them to park considerately and act responsibly to avoid causing strain on our communities and putting others at risk.

When visiting Somerset West and Taunton people should remember it’s their responsibility to follow the Government guidance on staying safe. I hope people will use common sense whilst we all seek to avoid spreading coronavirus in our communities.”

The Government advice as to what you can and can’t do is available here.

Guidance on spending time outdoors is available here

The Police have been given powers to enforce Government restrictions. Avon and Somerset Police are advising anyone with concerns that an individual or business has breached restrictions to report it using their online form.