Date published: 29th December 2020

With North Norfolk’s rate of Covid infections still rising alarmingly, the Council must once again remind people from outside the area not to visit our beaches and other attractions under the Government’s Tier 4 regulations.

Reports are coming in of visitors still travelling to North Norfolk’s beaches, seaside towns and parks from outside the district after the Tier 4 regulations came into force across the county on Boxing Day.

Though daily exercise is still permitted, the Government’s Tier 4 rules on travel clearly state:

 If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse (e.g. for work or education purposes).

If you need to travel you should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live - and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

  • work, where you cannot work from home
  • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
  • visiting those in your support bubble - or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • buying goods or services from premises that are open in Tier 4 areas, including essential retail, but these should be within your local area wherever possible
  • outdoor recreation or exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
  • attending the care and exercise of an animal, or veterinary services

The full guidelines can be found on the Government’s website here

Leader of the Council Sarah Bütikofer commented: “Once again we must repeat that, unfortunately, at this time it is not safe for visitors to travel from outside the district into North Norfolk to take their exercise or for any other non-essential journey.

“In common with most other areas across the East of England, we are deeply concerned to see our rates of Covid infection are rising rapidly. We must prioritise protecting the safety of our residents and therefore the message is clear - stay at home wherever possible. Only travel for essential journeys. If you are taking exercise, do it safely and do it in your own local area.

“We look forward to the time when these restrictions can be safely revisited and visitors to North Norfolk may once again be safely welcomed at our beaches and in our towns and parks. But that time is most certainly not now. So we must all do what we can and play our part together in helping to stop the alarming spread of this deadly virus.”

Last updated: 29th December 2020