Dorset Police and Dorset Council are asking people not to drive to a beach, park or local beauty spot this weekend to stop people congregating and not observing social distancing.

Last weekend saw record numbers at beaches and parks around the country and the agencies are keen for there not to be a repeat this weekend.

Cllr Gary Suttle, Dorset Council Portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said:

“Following our recent video on facebook and twitter I want to stress to all our residents and potential visitors I ask you to please, please, do not come to Dorset this weekend, please don’t go out to our numerous beauty spots.

“Even if you feel well now you could be carrying the virus.  We all want to enjoy Dorset in our futures please do not take that opportunity away from yourselves and your loved ones”.

Beach and harbour car parks will be closed to everyone and the Police will intervene with all gatherings of more than two people in public.

The advice is to stay home and exercise from there.