Visitors to Suffolk coast 'cannot hide' as lockdown comes into force

Southwold town and district councillor David Beavan was opposed to Suffolk Constabulary's plans Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Southwold town and district councillor David Beavan has urged visitors to stay away - Credit: Archant

Southwold community leaders have warned second homeowners they 'cannot hide' amid fears of arrivals in the coastal resort due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Under restrictions brought into force on Tuesday, residents across England have been ordered to stay at home and only leave for essential reasons, such as medical needs and food shopping.

More than half of the housing property in Southwold is used as second homes and residents have previously reported an influx of visitors whenever new Covid-19 measures come into force.

Southwold town councillors Simon Flunder and David Beavan with the banner protesting against visitor

Southwold town councillors Simon Flunder and David Beavan with a banner warning people of the coronavirus rules - Credit: Archant

Town and district councillor David Beavan, who placed a banner reading "please respect us, don't infect us" on the town hall last year to deter visitors, has urged people to stay away from the resort amid the fresh guidelines.

He has warned people who are suspected of breaking the rules will be reported to the police.

Mr Beavan said: "The rules are pretty clear - people should not be here. We urge you to come back when it's clear.

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"The majority of people have been good, but you will always get the odd one.

"We know the people who are breaking the rules. You can't hide in a town like Southwold."

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