Police officers based at Southport Police Station have patrolled local beauty spots in Southport and Formby, urging people to stay at home to stop the spread of Coronavirus

People in Southport are being urged to stay home and save lives this weekend.

During the recent warm weather, there has been an increase in people visiting our local beaches, parks and other greenspaces.
And now everyone is urged to keep their distance to protect their own health – and everyone else’s.

A Sefton Council spokesman said: “Sefton Council has joined forces with colleagues at Merseyside Police and local hospital trusts to urge people to stay at home this weekend.

“Our joint message is simple – the more you stay at home the less people will become infected with the virus and the quicker we can return to normality and start to live our lives again.

“In the last week, there have been increases in the number in the number of people choosing to visit the region’s beaches, parks and open spaces for more than their permitted daily exercise. “This is, no doubt, due to the warm weather we are currently experiencing, more of which is expected over the weekend.

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“While we understand that boredom may be setting in and that some people may be frustrated by the restrictions in place we would like to just ask people to remember the human impact that the Coronavirus is having on our communities and the loved ones of families across the county.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Once again, we are stressing the need for people to stay local and not to travel to parks, beaches and other open spaces this weekend and every day, for the sake of their own health and in the interest of everybody else’s health.

“Of course, we want people to get their daily session of exercise, and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine locally but there is no excuse for anyone to ignore the need to maintain social distancing and put themselves and others in danger.

“Our parks and our coastline will still be there when Covid-19 has gone but I’m seriously concerned that if people ignore these rules that have been designed to protect them, some of them won’t.”

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