Council reminds residents to follow national COVID-19 guidance ahead of warm and sunny weekend

With temperatures expected to reach around 15 degrees this weekend, we are reminding residents to follow national guidance and stay safe, stay apart and stay local.

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With the Borough being battered by snow and rain recently, the Met Office is forecasting warm weather conditions this weekend with temperatures expected to reach at least 15 degrees across the South East.

With seafront car parks remaining closed at this time, the council is also reminding potential visitors not to visit to ensure the national rules are followed and to keep our residents safe. 

A ‘Say Safe, Stay Apart, Stay Local’ social media campaign is supporting this campaign.

Cllr Trevor Harp, cabinet member for health and adult social care, says: “We all welcome the forecast of bright and sunny weather conditions this weekend and this will see many more people wanting to get out, whether it’s for walks along the seafront, or visiting their local park or open space for exercise. However, it is important to remember that we are still fighting this virus and that we continue to follow the national guidance that is currently in place and remain safe.

“This means when outdoors, you must keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone you don’t live with or who isn’t in your support bubble, and not mixing with other households indoors. Please also stay local. We all need to do our bit to stop the spread and control coronavirus and save lives. 

“Although positive case rates continue to fall locally, and the vaccine roll-out is going well nationally and locally, we must not drop our guard. So please stay safe, stay apart and stay local.”

National lockdown rules mean you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse, if you need to travel you should stay local and you should reduce the number of journeys you make overall, and so the council is continuing to ask visitors to avoid visiting the Borough at this time.

Cllr Martin Terry, cabinet member for community safety, says: “Whilst we await national announcements next week, my message to anyone considering visiting the Borough this weekend to enjoy the improved weather conditions is still please don’t visit Southend just yet. Please leave it for our locals just a little longer. An influx of visitors this weekend will make social distancing that much more difficult. 

“The lower we can keep positive rates, the safer we can keep our community and the quicker we will be able to react to any national announcements, get back to doing more of the things we most enjoy and welcome visitors back to Southend safely.

“Please also remember that the police can take action against you if you flout the rules and meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices) of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.”

Published: 19th February 2021

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