Take care at the coast

The Government has issued advice today to those wanting to visit the coast. Because Somerset is in Tier 2, local people can visit the coast for outdoor exercise. Under Tier 2 rules “you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’”

Whilst there is no reason why you should not visit the coast, you are asked not to take risks. Tides, mud, and stormy seas, especially “out of season” can add to the risks. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the coast without taking unnecessary risks.

However emergency services and the HM Coastguard Service are being stretched by the impact of COVID 19. Partly that is due to staff shortages as people self isolate. Partly as the emergency services are stretched in any case to cope with an influx of COVID 19 patients.

That is not to say that people should not visit the coast. However you are asked to take care if you do and don’t engage in activities that might increase the risk to yourself or others.

In an emergency at sea or at the coast dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.

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