Visitors are being discouraged from making visits to Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Berrow this week by Sedgemoor District Council despite the gradual easing of the Coronavirus lockdown.
Claire Faun of Sedgemoor District Council told Burnham-On-Sea.com: “Whilst some travel restrictions have been relaxed, Sedgemoor District Council is asking anyone who is considering coming to Sedgemoor’s beaches or beauty spots to be considerate to our communities.”
Using beaches and parks safely
She adds: “At the beaches and parks, there are no safety staff/beach wardens/lifeguards on duty. Social distancing measures continue to apply – please observe these at all times for your safety and the safety of communities and businesses.”
“Whilst the beach is available for exercise, you can only be with people from your household or one other person whilst staying two metres apart.”
“Play areas and playgrounds within parks remain closed.”
The car park at Apex Park is open.
Many visitor facilities remain closed
“The majority of visitor facilities, including hospitality facilities and attractions, remain closed, apart from some takeaway services from a few premises.”
“Council toilets are open, mainly to provide hand washing facilities. There is signage to remind people to socially distance if queuing.”
Brean and Berrow beaches closed to vehicles
“The Berrow Beach access road gates will remain locked as there are no safety staff/wardens on duty to help any visitors who may get into trouble from parking on the beach. It is possible to walk onto the beach via footpaths from the road.”
Hazel Brinton, Brean Parish Council Clerk, adds: “The beach at Brean will be closed to vehicles this weekend, along with the public toilets next to the village hall. The council is considering how we can safely re-open them again. Protecting the safety of residents, the council’s beach staff and visitors is upper most in our minds.”
Visits to holiday and second homes
Sedgemoor District Council says: “Going on holiday and visiting second homes is still not permitted.”
“Campsites, holiday parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts and other holiday accommodation will remain closed, except when providing accommodation for specific reasons, such as for critical workers needing a place to stay for work.”
“Overnight stays in camper vans are not permitted.”
The full government advice as to what you can and can’t do is available here.