BRITS are being urged to wear face masks on some of Britain’s most popular beaches as they enjoy the Easter sunshine.
A surge in Covid cases in the holiday hotspots of Cornwall and Lincolnshire has prompted councils to recommend covering up outside.
Beachgoers have also been advised to return to social distancing on sand and pebbles over the bank holiday weekend where possible.
And with temperatures surpassing 22C, families should also wash their hands frequently as the virus has “not gone away”.
Coastal towns in counties such as Skegness, Mablethorpe, St Ives and Perranporth have seen an influx of tourists and local families, sparking fears the number of coronavirus cases will skyrocket.
In response, Cornwall Council asked people to take extra care.
A spokesman said visitors should “wash their hands, wear a face covering wherever you can and keep your distance in crowded places on Easter”.
They also urged anyone who is unwell to stay home.
“With Covid cases running high across Cornwall we are asking everyone to take extra care this Easter and continue to do your part to stop the spread,” they added.
Similar guidance was given to visitors to the Lincolnshire coast.
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East Lindsey District Council leader Craig Leyland said masks should be worn in crowded areas and people should continue to wash their hands regularly.
He told BBC Look North: “We want to welcome people to our amazing coastline and to Wolds and all the other attractions we have, but we’re just asking people to make sure the virus isn’t spread unnecessarily .
“It is extremely important that we all continue to follow this guidance to protect ourselves and others.”
A Public Health Lincolnshire spokesman said “Covid is still with us” and visitors should take “personal responsibility”.
According to official figures, 2,335 people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly tested positive for Covid between April 8th and 14th.
And as of April 12, there were 95 patients in local hospitals with the virus.
In Lincolnshire, the case rate was 474 per 100,000 population at last count.
Both sets of data are below last week’s numbers, consistent with national totals.
In the week ending April 9, one in 15 people had Covid-19, up from one in 13 the week before.
Experts now believe things are “plateauing.”
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