A ‘gentle’ reminder has been sent to people thinking about breaching coronavirus lockdown laws to visit popular tourist attractions after a group were caught at Durdle Door – after travelling nearly 170 miles.
Lulworth Estate, which owns the land where the natural limestone arch and beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is located, posted on its Facebook page a picture of people receiving fines from police after being found visiting the area.
During the current national Covid-19 lockdown – the third that has been implemented in England – people are allowed to leave their homes for exercise.
However, the Government says that people should not travel outside their area to do exercise.
Lulworth Estate’s social media post said that the group consisting of two car loads of people had driven from Coventry – which according to Google Maps is 168 miles away from the venue.
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The post on Facebook said: “A gentle reminder that we are in a national lockdown.
“If you are not local, please resist the urge to drive to Durdle Door, Lulworth or any site outside of your immediate vicinity for exercise.
“The police issued fines when these two car loads of people had driven all the way from Coventry this weekend.”
The post sparked a strong response from people with the majority heavily criticising the group for making the trip.
Among them was Carl Garside, who wrote: “The mind boggles, what is it about a lockdown they don’t understand, bet all the way there, they were saying “aren’t the roads quiet today”.”
Meanwhile, Katherine Cooper wrote: “From Coventry?! How is that local?!
“I’m questioning if a 10-minute drive is too far to travel to go for a walk in nature. What is wrong with some people?!!”