Walkers in Worcestershire are being reminded to keep to the lockdown rules after a busy weekend on the Clent, Lickey and Malvern hills.
Worcestershire County Council’s Countryside Team and West Mercia Police had to deal with numerous reports of traffic problems and of people not observing public health restrictions.
People living close to Clent and to the Malvern Hills were alarmed by what they were seeing.
Worcestershire County Councillor, Cabinet Member, Karen May said: “It’s been really concerning to hear from residents in my local area, who were concerned about those travelling out of their way to visit the Clent and Malvern Hills this weekend.
I’d like to take the opportunity to remind our residents to think local and to stay local when planning your daily exercise. I know that open air is a great relief and it improves mental health, at a time where that is really paramount, but we all need to continue play our part in keeping the county’s numbers down. Following the lockdown restrictions, is the best way we can all pull together and stop the spread of Coronavirus.”
Visiting Worcestershire’s green spaces and being out in the open air, is a great way of maintaining positive mental health during the pandemic, but it is vitally important that everyone sticks to social distancing guidance when out and about to help keep cases down across the county.
Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director of Public Health for Worcestershire, said: “At the moment in Worcestershire, we are starting to see our positive case numbers stabilising. . We can’t afford to be complacent now and see our good work undone.
I understand that the lockdown restrictions can be frustrating and can have a negative impact on mental health, but following the restrictions at all times really is the best way to keep Worcestershire’s case numbers down.”
Worcestershire’s parks and countryside walks have been open during the lockdown but if visitors continue to disregard the rules that decision may have to be reviewed.
Inspector Lee Page from West Mercia Police said: “This weekend we saw a large number of people travelling to the beautiful open spaces in our county for exercise.
“We don’t want stop anyone from getting out in the fresh air right now and understand how vital this is for both mental and physical health. What we are asking is that you remain compliant with the current restrictions and if it doesn’t seem possible to do so due to crowds in certain locations that you try somewhere else.”