Restrictions for dogs on beaches will be enforced from 22nd May

White puppy on the beach

Dorset Council has announced that restrictions for dogs on beaches will be enforced from Friday 22nd May.

Previously, the restrictions were relaxed and many individuals chose to walk their dogs on beaches on the Dorset coastline.

As the Government has now relaxed stay-at-home rules, Dorset Council will begin to enforce restrictions for dogs at the beach with an aim to protect public health and follow the Public Spaces Protection Order.

However, that doesn’t mean that dog walkers are banned from all beaches. In fact, there are designated areas where you can still walk your dog on the beach. See walking dogs on beaches.

With an expected increase in walkers, cyclists and traffic, Dorset Council is also advising everyone to abide by the rules, especially cyclists when cycling along the seafront.

Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, Cllr Tony Alford, said:

“The restrictions have been put in place so that local families can enjoy the beach safely at two metres distance from people who are not part of their household.

“Although beaches are open, we are still suggesting caution as far as swimming is concerned. The RNLI has said that lifeguards will not be on beaches and so is advising people not to swim.”

Cllr Tony Alford

The RNLI have written an article about COVID-19 and staying safe at the seaside.

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