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Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck and Coronavirus COVID19

Update 13th May 2020

From today (13 May 2020) people in England can spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of time, subject to social distancing rules.

People and their households can relax in the park, sunbathe, go for a picnic and go fishing.

They will also be able to spend time with one member of another household, one-on-one, as long as they adhere to strict social distancing guidelines at all times, staying 2 metres apart.

Outdoor sports facilities can reopen including outdoor tennis courts, golf clubs and basketball courts meaning that people can play a greater range of sport. Again, they will be able to do this alone, with their household or one other person, while adhering to social distancing.

Guidance that said people could only go out to exercise once a day have also been removed.

People will also be able to travel further to enjoy their time outside, with no restrictions on how far they can go to get to the countryside, National Parks and beaches in England.

The advice remains that everybody should continue to avoid public transport other than for essential journeys. Therefore, people should only make these journeys by cycling, walking or driving in a private vehicle.

People also should check in advance of visiting places like National Parks and beaches to make sure they are prepared for visitors.

Today’s advice is strictly limited to spending time with your household or with one other person and is subject to social distancing rules.

It remains the case that you cannot gather with more than one member of another household for example to play sports.

More stringent enforcement measures for non-compliance with the new rules have also come into effect today.

Fines have been increased, and will now start at £100, which will be lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days. This will double on each further repeat offence up to £3,200.

This is vital to send a clear message to the small minority who break the law, and to safeguard the country’s recovery.


Dorset Council’s Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower, has a clear message for any potential visitors or day trippers thinking of coming to Dorset as a result of the government easing of lockdown restrictions: “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice.”

Dorset Council are working with partners, including Dorset Police to monitor and review the situation.

Detailed information can be found on the Dorset Council website.

Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has introduced three new measures.

    Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

    Closing certain businesses and venues.

    Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public.

Every person in the UK must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March. The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.


For Residents

Dorset County Council information. www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic many local businesses are now offering free home delivery for their customers in and around Swanage.

The Purbeck Businesses Facebook group are maintaining a list of businesses and shops who are offering local delivery of their products.

The Swanage Community Coronavirus Response group on Facebook has useful information and resources.

Swanage Indies Delivery Service to help support anyone self-isolating and social distancing in Purbeck with food deliveries from your favourite Swanage shops.

Call each shop direct to order & they will work together to deliver to your door.

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