Updated 1.30pm bank holiday Monday, 23rd May 2020
With better weather, people of course came. The council has a lot of staff patrolling the beach to remind people of social distancing (which people for the most part are respecting between family groups, although it’s very crowded overall) but they don’t have the power to make them leave. There is a police presence and officers can take legal action if people break the law, but please remember social distancing is ‘guidance’ not law and the government has told everyone that it’s okay to visit the beach. Similarly, privately-owned deck chair hire companies and some other businesses are permitted to trade.
The council has limited powers and is doing all it legally can under very difficult circumstances.The police have not yet requested any road restrictions or closures. Please stay safe – we’ll post further updates if necessary.
Updated 1.30pm Saturday 23rd May, pictures taken at about 1pm
The seafront is not as busy as feared – the weather may have helped and the people who are on the beach and esplanade seem to be respecting social distancing. The section of road closed between the Halfway House and Thorpe Bay Yacht Club is for some water main repairs, not a result of overcrowding fears. We understand a decision was taken by the police this morning to keep a careful watch but not to pre-emptively close any roads at this stage. That remains an option for them if they feel there is a risk to public safety later in the weekend
We’ll keep residents updated.