SDLP coastal towns representatives Colin McGrath MLA from South Down and Cara Hunter MLA from East Derry have urged people to be cautious and adhere to the social distancing regulations when visiting popular tourist destinations cross the North.
The MLA for South Down, Colin McGrath said: “Over this past weekend with slightly improved weather and the bank holiday, attendance at places such as Newcastle, Portrush and Portstewart has surged.
This has pleased businesses with much needed footfall but concerned locals who are unhappy at the largenumbers of people who have travelled to the resorts.
The rules permit people to visit the towns and the rules permit businesses to re-profile so, for example, cafes and restaurants can become takeaways.
However, it is critical that people adhere to the social distancing rules to stop the spread of the virus.”
Cara Hunter, the MLA for East Derry added: “Many local people are worried about the numbers of people and the lax attitude of some to the social distancing rules.”
We want to rebuild our tourism towns and support local businesses but not at the expense of the good work we have all done as a community to suppress this virus.
I would urge people who travel and visit these towns that they remember the guidelines and stick to the regulations.
This can be a win-win for all: businesses and families wanting time out of the home after the long lockdown, but we must adhere to the rules. They are there to keep us all safe.”