Rules on Bournemouth beaches that all visitors need to know

-----By Nicole Baddeley-----------------------------------

THE bank holiday weekend is finally upon us and for Bournemouth's beaches that means one thing - plenty of visitors.

With the weather improving this weekend and highs of up to 18C our beaches will hopefully be full of people safely enjoying the sun, sea and sand.

However, there are a number of rules that all visitors need to be aware of when visiting the beaches across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. READ MORE: Bournemouth prepares for bank holiday weekend visitor influx READ MORE: The true impact of visitors to Durdle Door Dogs on the beach: New rules prohibiting dogs from accessing a number of beaches came into force at the start of the month, running all the way through until the end of summer. The restrictions have been put in place by BCP council from 1 May to 30 September. Dogs must be under control at all times and they must also be kept on leads on the promenades, piers, zig zags and footpaths and owners must clean up after their dog. Failure to comply with the council's rules puts owners at the risk of a fine of up to £1000. There are a number of beaches across the region however that your dog is permitted. READ MORE: Dog friendly beaches in Dorset this summer Coronavirus rules: We are currently in step three of the Prime Minister's roadmap out of lockdown which means that although restrictions have been lifted, there are still a number of guidelines that must be followed:

  • Groups of up to 30 can meet outside, this means that there should not be crowds larger than this gathering on the beach.

  • Facemasks must be worn when ordering from any of the kiosks, hatches, bars or cafs along the beach.

  • Facemasks must also be worn when entering any indoor premises where you cannot socially distance for example, public bathrooms and shops (unless you are exempt).

Do you need to social distance outside? Social distancing is one of the main things we've adopted during this pandemic and unfortunately it's not going anywhere. You must stay socially distanced from people you are not with, even when outside. You must maintain a distance of two metres from anyone who is not in your group, even when you are outside. This means that you must stay a safe distance away (two metres) from other members of the public on the beach. What happens if you break the rules? If you are caught breaking the coronavirus rules then you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing FPN's.

  • You can be given an FPN of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

  • You can also be fined £800 if you attend a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.

  • If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of more than 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

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JB Comments The pictures below were used as a stark warning last summer 2020 about overcrowding on the beachs and how people were not socially isolating enopugh in public/.

The pioctyures were taken at angles that make it look as if everyone is squashed together when the truth was that there was always plenty of rom on our baches and these pictures deceive. What WAS appalling was the trash they left behind - far worse than any other holiday weekend and far wporse than I can ever remember BUT THAT IS WHY WE PAY RATES AND WHY BOURNEMOUTH EXISTS - HOLIDAY MAKERS - and while the council complained last year about the trash, the truth -mn they were pissed that all their catering ouitlets were closed and they even kepot the toilets closed on these weekends so people urinated behind the beach huts and many complained - SO OPEN THE FUCKING TOILETS YOU WANKERS AND ALLOW PEOPLE TO USE THE PUBLIC CONVENIENCES - AND DO NOT USE COVID AS JUST ANOTHER EXCUSE NOT TO OFFER A SERVICE THAT YOU SAVE MKONEY BY KEEPING SHUT - AS IT IS NOT ABOUT COVID - IT IS ABOUT COST SAVING AND The council mad elittle last year as all the coincessions selling ices etc. were closed and the council mad enothing. It's all about mony and not Vovid as Cobvid is an excuse by many to actually slim down the workforce, offer half a service to their customers while charging as much and saving a fortune and we - the public - put up with it because we THINK it is because of Covid when really the council are just saving money and offering less.


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