Bank holidays are usually an excuse to chill out, enjoy the weather and go for a short staycation break. But this year, Britons are being urged to avoid certain destinations due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the UK’s current lockdown rules. Beaches, tourist hotspots and even trains are just some of the places that Britons are being told to avoid. Here’s everything you need to know about travel in the UK this bank holiday weekend.
While most people usually flock to the beach on bank holiday weekends, this year the public is being urged to avoid the beach.
As temperatures look likely to hit highs of 26C (79F), a trip to the beach does look tempting but councillors in some areas are warning people to stay away.
Brighton beach is usually a popular destination with British holidaymakers but councillor Carmen Appich, from Brighton & Hove City Council urged people thinking of travelling to the city “to consider very carefully how their journey will impact on others”.
Meanwhile, Devon County Council also warned people to “think twice” before travelling long distances to the county’s beaches.
They said in a tweet: “If you’re thinking of visiting the coast in Devon this bank holiday, please #thinktwice about the distance you’re travelling & if you could stay closer to home?
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“Overnight stays are not permitted & you must always keep to social distancing to protect local communities.”
Meanwhile Hastings Borough Council has said it is “closed to visitors from outside the town”.
On Friday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said during the daily Downing Street press conference that the public need to enjoy being outdoors but still follow Government advice.
She said: “It is inevitable that obviously the public will be out and about a lot more, but of course our message is clear to the public – yes, enjoy being outdoors, we have encouraged people to go out, but we have put a very clear caveat around that.
“This is all conditional. You can enjoy being outdoors in the sun providing you are following the advice and we continue to stop and contain the spread of the infection.”
Meanwhile, the RNLI has warned beach-goers not to use inflatables in a recent tweet.
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They said: Our lifeguards can’t be everywhere this summer.
“If you’re heading to the coast, #BeBeachSafe: check the weather and tides, keep an eye on your family and don’t use inflatables. In an emergency call 999 for the Coastguard.”
The Lake District is a popular destination for northerners looking to go a long walk during the bank holiday.
However, the stunning park has urged the public to avoid the area unless you live closeby.
Richard Leafe, the National Park Authority’s chief executive, thanked people for not rushing back to the park last weekend.
However, he said people must still remain cautious this weekend.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “Last weekend, we found a largely quiet national park, and those who did visit the park respected social distancing and our local communities.
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“Their actions are helping protect everyone who lives in, visits and enjoys the Lake District.”
“We continue to encourage people to exercise locally.
“However, if you do visit the Lake District, please plan ahead: find a safe place to park using saferlakes.co.uk, remember many of our public toilets remain closed and it’s not currently possible to stay overnight.”
Other warnings in place are for those thinking about hopping on a train this weekend.
Network Rail has now urged potential passengers who do not need to travel for essential treasons to avoid using the trains this bank holiday weekend.
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There is currently a reduced service over the long weekend with line closures and disruptions.
Andrew Haines, the Network Rail chief executive said: “While Britain tackles the coronavirus and social distancing is in place, the railway can carry a fraction of the usual number of passengers.
“So, to make sure there is space for critical workers, please avoid travelling by train unless absolutely necessary.”