Wear face masks on the beach this Easter, councils advise – The Telegraph

Holidaymakers are being urged to wear face masks on the beach, as the warm weather is expected to continue on Easter Sunday.

Local councils are advising people to take extra care when visiting popular coastal resorts, as Covid “has not disappeared”.

Good Friday saw the hottest day of the year after temperatures in London hit 22C, while temperatures are set to reach 19C on Sunday.

As thousands are expected to flock to beaches to bask in the good weather, Cornwall Council has asked people to wear a face covering and exercise social distancing while visiting the southern seaside resort.

Citing “high” Covid cases, the council said on Facebook on Friday that visitors should “wash their hands, wear a face covering where you can and keep your distance in crowded places this Easter”.

It also urged anyone who was feeling unwell or had coronavirus symptoms to stay at home.

Latest data shows between April 8 and April 14 there were 2,335 people who were confirmed positive for Covid across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Visitors to the Lincolnshire coast have been given similar guidance about mask-wearing over the bank holiday weekend.

Craig Leyland, the head of East Lindsey District Council, which covers the resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe, said people should wear a mask in crowded spaces and continue to wash their hands regularly.

“We want to welcome people to our fantastic coast and Wolds, and all the other attractions we have, but we are just asking people to… make sure the virus isn’t spread unnecessarily,” he told BBC Look North.

A spokesperson from Public Health Lincolnshire also urged visitors to take “personal responsibility” as “Covid is still with us”.

The advice from councils comes despite coronavirus cases falling across most of the UK, according to the latest ONS figures.

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A public health consultant at Cornwall Council said people are generally being “very respectful” during their visits.

Brian O’Neill told BBC Breakfast: “I think people generally are still careful. People are giving space to each other… generally, the visitors that we’re seeing down in Cornwall at the moment are being very respectful and using the facilities available.

“Our hospitality industry has worked incredibly hard to keep things safe.”

In the week ending April 9, about 4.42 million people had Covid-19, about one in 15 people, down from one in 13 the week before.

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