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Respect, Protect and Enjoy the South Hams

30 March 2021

An image of the River Dart, with the tagline "Respect, Protect and Enjoy" and the South Hams District council logo.

South Hams and West Devon are planning for a bumper spring and summer tourism season this year, as many people choose a staycation.

With outdoor leisure now open, the Councils are asking residents and day trippers to comply with three simple requests:

  • Please respect the places you visit
  • Protect each other by following social distancing
  • And enjoy experiencing our District and Borough

On 29 March the travel restrictions that were put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 were lifted. Local residents are now able to travel for exercise and day trips.

While the government's guidance still states that there should be no overnight stays until 12 April, there will be a lot of people locally who will want to get out, breathe some lovely fresh air and take their exercise in our countryside and at our beaches.

Residents can also now use local tennis courts, multi-sport games areas, football pitches and skate parks.

The Council's Locality Officers, who you might see around this spring and summer, would like you to help them keep our lovely spaces pleasant and safe for everyone.

They have said: "We cannot wait to welcome visitors back to South Hams and West Devon, and we will be in our towns and beauty spots to ensure they are safe and welcoming spaces for visitors to enjoy.

"Our job is to be on the ground to spot any issues and to report them back to the councils.  We are also here to support with guidance and advice. This year there will be more of us on the ground to keep our lovely spaces looking great.

"However, to keep our towns clean and safe can we ask you to also do your bit too. Please RESPECT the places you visit.  Please take your litter home, if the bins are full please do not leave the litter beside the bins, park sensibly when we are busy and be mindful of local residents.

"Please also remember that we are still in a pandemic and much of the tourism industry is still closed for business.  Until 12 April, you may not be able to get lunch or find activities to do in your chosen location, so why not try something different, pack a picnic, plan a long walk or visit one of our outdoor sports areas instead of visiting the well-known spots.

"We think that it is also important that we PROTECT each other and continue to follow the social distancing rules.  The rules are in the process of being relaxed, along with the Government's roadmap to recovery, so it is important that while we are all really excited to get back to some normality and enjoy outside activities, that we do not forget the risks and do not do things before the roadmap allows.

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