Devon residents have expressed their disgust as people are continuing to travel to Dartmoor despite the national lockdown restrictions.

According to the BBC, Dartmoor National Park authorities are “appalled and upset” that people from as far as London have been visiting during lockdown.

Ranger Rob Steemson said they had been liaising with the police about the number of visitors over the weekend, reports the BBC.

Last week, DevonLive reported that police had been turning cars around on Dartmoor, describing it as “busier than a summer’s day”.

One police officer on patrol in the area today said Burrator Reservoir was packed, and many cars were turned around – whilst others out and about were “educated” on what is expected of them amidst the restrictions.

According to the BBC, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez said: “They’re [Dartmoor National Park] really concerned that they’re seeing visitors from Exeter, even London, still coming down and using our outside space.”

The national park said even though some popular car parks were “about 50% full” over the weekend and it was quieter than normal at this time of year, it was busier than “expected for the new lockdown”.

It comes after the latest Government figures revealed that there were 2,029 new cases of Covid-19 recorded across Devon in the seven days to January 7.

According to the Government’s website, you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local – unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live.





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