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Is it OK take a mini-break in the UK over the bank holiday?



The general message being sent is to avoid travel unless necessary (Picture: PA)

Brits are facing their first Bank Holiday since the Government eased the lockdown restrictions to permit unlimited exercise and travel to different places to do your exercise.

With the coronavirus death toll hitting 36, 393 now isn’t the time to try flouting the rules – as difficult as it might be during this sunny bank holiday.

So before you jump in your car, here are the rules on traveling duirng lockdown and whether you’ll be permitted to stay anywhere other than your home.

Can you take a mini-break this Bank Holiday?

It’s strongly advised that you don’t take a trip to any scenic spots (unless they’re local) this weekend.

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The government message remains that we avoid public transport where possible, avoid travelling at busy times and generally doing our best to keep from making unnecessary trips.

It’s also important to remember that, even after the new eased rules were introduced, it was made explicit that staying overnight at a holiday or second home is still not allowed.

You can be stopped or fined if you go on an overnight trip or meet up with two or more people from outside your home – and with 14,000 fines handed out, it’s not an empty threat.

Though this last week has seen many people flock to beaches across the UK, many local councils and residents of beauty spots across the country have asked people to stay away and not travel in.

Shropshire Councillor Lezley Picton, the authority’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, has asked for people to think carefully about travelling to Shropshire this Bank Holiday.

As the UK has enjoyed hot temperatures, beaches have been packed (Picture: PA)

She said: ‘We strongly encourage you to exercise locally to help us manage the number of people visiting our parks and sites and to protect everyone.

‘If you do travel to one of our sites, you must behave responsibly. Anyone seen breaking the Government rules will be reported to the police.’

Her sentiments have been shared by coastal and scenic spots up and down the country as the country faces the first Bank Holiday since lockdown restrictions were eased.

The Norfolk Coast Partnership has sent out a plea to the public to stay away from its coastline for the moment so the area is not ‘overwhelmed’.

Other tourist boards have issued pleas to stay away, including Blackpool and Lancashire.

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