'Stay local for your daily exercise' - Warning from Sunderland health boss as sunny weather draws people to coast

Sunderland’s Public Health director has urged people to stay local for their daily exercise and avoid busy areas as people headed to the coast to enjoy the weekend’s sunny weather.

Pictures taken on Saturday, February 27 show families enjoying the sunny weather with a walk along the seafront at Roker and Seaburn as the third national lockdown continues.

The restrictions, which were imposed at the start of January, say outdoor exercise should be taken locally, but people can travel a short distance within their own area to do so.

Gerry Taylor, Executive Director of Public Health and Integrated Commissioning at Sunderland City Council, has urged people to stay at home, saying that there is ‘still a long way to go’ in the fight against the virus.

Sunderland's seafront pictured on Saturday. Picture: North News.

In a statement on Sunday, February 28, she said: “We still have a high number of Covid cases across the city and we are continuing to see people being admitted to hospital and unfortunately people dying from this disease.

"So while we’re all looking forward to the time when we can get back to something nearer normal, it’s important to remember we’ve still a long way to go and the stay at home guidance remains in place for now.”

She continued: “Every contact between people is an opportunity for the virus to spread.

"That’s why it is so important that everyone continues to stay at home and follow the ‘hands, face, space’ guidance if you do have to go out.

Having a daily walk at Sunderland's seafront on Saturday, February 27. Picture: North News.

"Stay local for your daily exercise and if the place where you’re going looks busy, think about a different time when it might be less busy and it’s easier to stay two metres apart.

"It’s really important we don’t lose sight of the sacrifices we’ve all made in the last year, and continue to do everything we can collectively, to stop the virus spreading.”

The scenes at Sunderland’s coast come days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson explained the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, February 22.

The scene on Saturday, February 27. Picture: North News.

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