Coronavirus warning as heatwave looks set to draw huge crowds onto the North East's beaches
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It has said people should keep a close eye on vulnerable and elderly relatives – while sticking to the social distancing rules – as hot weather is predicted for the UK.
The LGA has called on the Government to set out clear guidance for the public about visiting beaches and for fast-track funding to help fund patrols, additional toilets and signage to improve safety at coastal beauty spots.
Social workers, community wardens and maintenance staff will be on alert, looking out for those who might be struggling in the heat.
The LGA has also urged people to call their council if they believe anyone in need is being missed out, with older people and those with heart and respiratory problems most at risk.
Councillor Richard Kemp, vice chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “People will understandably want to enjoy the sunshine.
"However, when large numbers of people head to the coast and tourist spots there is inevitably a risk of overcrowding and an increase in the rate at which Covid-19 could be transmitted.
“Lives depend on all of us taking personal responsibility for our actions to avoid a resurgence of this deadly virus that puts further lives at risk.”
Tips from the LGA include closing curtains on rooms facing the sun and it may be cooler outdoors; drink plenty water and take some with you; if travelling never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle; try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm; walk in the shade and wear a hat and suncream; avoid physical exertion at the hottest times and wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.