Respect, Protect, Enjoy
The top priority is safety – look after yourself, other people and the surrounding environment. Coastal resorts and tourism businesses have been working hard to ensure you have fun on your well-deserved break, but these simple steps are worth following.
Visitors and local communities are in this together! By taking note of the points below, you’ll help to reassure people who live and work on the coast that you care about it as much as they do.
Don’t get caught short! Check that toilet facilities and car parks are open before you set off, most resorts list these on their websites. If you’re heading to more rural locations, there may not be facilities. Be prepared.
Avoid the crush. The English coastline is more than 19,000 miles, there’s space for everyone. Some spots are extremely popular, so get off the beaten track and find a hidden treasure. The key to being safe is sensible social distancing. Keep away from the crowds.
Respect the beach. If you love the beach, show you care. Stick to the ‘leave only footprints’ catchphrase and take all your rubbish home.
Book ahead. If you’re planning to stay in self-catering, hotel, B&B, campsite or any other type of accommodation, familiarise yourself with their new guidelines and new safety procedures. Look out for the We’re Good to Go’ industry standard which guarantees they abide by the Government’s guidelines. If you’re off to an attraction, you might need to pre-book a time-slot, so check all the advice on-line first.
Surf ‘n’ turf: You’re almost certain to want to dine out or quench your thirst with all that sea air, but you may not be able to simply turn up. Some establishments may not be open and many will want you to book a table first. So, book in advance.
Keep your distance: Stay two metres apart (or one metre plus where two isn’t possible) from anyone outside your household or bubble. This applies to everyone and everything – restaurants, cafes, pubs, attractions, hotels, campsites and accommodation providers – but also to walking, jogging, cycling, sitting, sunbathing and any other activity. Hard though this is to practice, this also applies to kids.
Face-time. Wear a face mask for all public transport – buses, trains, taxis, mini-cabs, land-trains – if in doubt, cover up.