Thank you for staying home and saving lives

Published Tuesday, 7th April 2020

Dont Visit Southend 
#StayHomeSaveLives

People who stayed home and acted responsibly this weekend are being thanked.

The council launched a campaign #DontVisitSouthend on Friday urging people to act responsibly, avoid a trip to the seafront and stay home.

This was in addition to suspending car parking between Shoeburyness and Leigh-on-Sea to also deter visitors.

Cllr Ian Gilbert, leader of the council, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who behaved responsibility and stayed at home this weekend.

“We put in a lot of effort to launch the #DontVisitSouthend campaign and for the first time ever, advise people to stay away. I’m pleased that the message was heeded by the vast majority. I know it is not easy in this nice weather to not visit the seaside, but it’s good to see that people put their health and that of others, first.

“I’d like to thank council staff, our civil enforcement officers, Essex Police and Bid who worked together over the weekend to help keep people safe. We need to continue to act responsibly - stay home, save lives.”

For trusted information about Coronavirus, please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus