The easing of restrictions from Monday (29 March) is expected to see a rise in visitors, including to Weston and Clevedon seafronts, Portishead Lake Grounds and the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
As well as adhering to social distancing measures and the rule of six or two households, people are also being encouraged to plan their visits by:
- checking online tools before travel to assess how busy an area might be
- having a plan B and C if they get somewhere and it’s really busy
- parking responsibly and taking care not to cause a hazard to other road users
- bringing a rubbish bag and leaving only footprints.
Cllr Don Davies, The Leader of North Somerset Council said the Easter weekend was usually an extremely busy time for popular locations across North Somerset and people needed to act responsibly.
"We now have more freedom to travel locally so that, combined with finer weather, may put more pressure on beauty spots and popular destinations – especially those without the infrastructure to cope with people in larger numbers.
"Over Easter people’s choices for things to do will still be limited (no shops, pubs, eating out, attractions or overnight stays) so I think it’s reasonable to expect more pressures in certain areas.
"We would urge people to think about how they can minimise the risk to others at this difficult time and also how they can avoid putting a strain on the resources available at their chosen location.
"It is important that we take things in a slow and measured way and we must all play our part. By doing this we can hopefully look forward to greater freedom in the summer."