Stay at home and remember there will be other Easters to celebrate
It's Easter, but not as we know it.
That's the message from Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council ahead of the holiday weekend.
The council is again urging residents and potential visitors to the borough to stay at home and slow the spread of Covid-19.
Redcar and Saltburn would traditionally be busy with visitors over Easter, but guidelines from the government make clear that no one should be making unnecessary journeys.
The council has closed car parks near beaches and at popular attractions such as Guisborough Forest and Walkway and Flatts Lane Country Park. Council-owned car parks at Newton Under Roseberry, Errington Woods, Cowbar and Foxrush Farm are also shut.
Cllr Wayne Davies, cabinet member for economic development, said: “Everyone needs to have a very different Easter weekend this year because anyone can catch coronavirus and anyone can spread it.
“That means no special trips to the seaside for Good Friday fish and chips, and unfortunately children may have to enjoy fewer chocolate eggs, as relatives should not be visiting each other.
“We need to remember there will be other Easters to celebrate, and make the most of the weekend at home.
“As I said last weekend, the more everyone does their bit to slow the spread of infection, the sooner it will be safe for restrictions to be relaxed so life can return to normal again.
“Last weekend, the overwhelming majority of people did the right thing, ignored the good weather and stretched their legs locally.
“But after another week of sobering coronavirus statistics locally and nationally, our message bears repeating. Enjoy your weekend, but please do so safely, for the benefit of yourself, the NHS and everyone else."