Councils and popular tourist destinations in the South and South East are pleading with people to stay at home this weekend.

Last weekend people flocked to our coastlines in the sunshine ignoring the government advice to avoid social gatherings because of coronavirus.

This will be the first weekend in lockdown and The New Forest National Park Authority and Hampshire Police is warning people not to travel to the New Forest for exercise.

The Government has told everyone to stay at home to protect our NHS and save lives. Only essential travel is allowed and exercise should be done close to home.

Police are patrolling the Forest and coastline, checking why people are in car parks and advising them to go home if their travel is not essential.

All visitor facilities, toilets, cafes, campsites and main car parks are closed.

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre

The Council Leader in Brighton has also urged people to listen to the advice and stay at home. Cllr Nancy Platts, Labour, had this to say...

The government guidelines are you should only go out for the following:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

  • any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

  • travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home