'Do not travel to our forest' - People warned not to visit Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest. Credit: Forestry England

Thetford Forest's management have issued a stark warning to anyone thinking about travelling to the site: "do not travel to our forest".

Forestry England issued the statement on Sunday evening following the Prime Minister's statement to the nation.

In the address, Boris Johnson announced that we could travel by car to undertake periods of exercise, but Thetford are still advising people not to travel to their site.

In a statement they said: "We are swiftly reviewing how we can re-open our car parks and other facilities while still managing our forests safely and supporting social distancing. We will keep our website up to date with our plans.

"Until then, please continue to avoid making unnecessary journeys and do not travel to the nation’s forests. Local people can still walk and cycle  to our  forests but must follow  government rules on social distancing"

The statement comes amid public confusion about what they can and can't do following the changes in restrictions.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach. Credit: PA

Other attractions from around the East have issued statements to try and clarify the situation.

The owners of Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach said: "Our top priority is the safety of our staff and customers. As a company we have been working out ways of running our business that would involve social distancing and the safe operation of our rides and sites. We have plans in place for when the government decide that businesses such as ours can re-open safely. From the announcements last night we now know that this will be on or after 1 July."

Meanwhile the National Trust, which operates many of the stately homes, nature reserves and beach areas in the East said: "Following the Prime Minister's broadcast outlining the Government's gradual roadmap out of lockdown we will begin to review its effect on our reopening plans."

English Heritage, which runs attractions like Framlingham Castle and Bury St Edmunds Abbey, said: "Like many, we are digesting the Government’s latest announcement and awaiting the further details. As soon as we are in position to confirm our plans, we will update you.”

Southwold in Suffolk. Credit: PA

Coastal resorts could also be set for an influx of visitors from Wednesday, with the Prime Minister saying that car day trips will be allowed - providing people stick to social distancing guidelines.

The Mayor of Southwold Ian Bradbury told ITV News Anglia that people should use "their own judgement" when deciding whether to visit the town in the coming weeks, although he did stress that cafes, pubs and shops remain closed.

Meanwhile, the leader of North Norfolk District Council Sarah Butikofer tweeted that she'd been "inundated" with questions from concerned local residents following the Prime Minister's speech.

Cllr Tim Adams from Cromer Town Council confirmed to ITV News Anglia that he was looking forward to welcoming tourists back to the town soon, but urged people to continue to stay away for the time being.

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