READING your article about the new lockdown powers to be handed to local authorities (Echo, 18th July), how much advance warning will be given by councils intending to close beaches or cancel major events?

Will relevant notices be displayed along motorways and trunk roads or broadcast on media platforms to spare visitors to attractions in Bournemouth and elsewhere a wasted journey?

Otherwise, if people turn up unawares at a resort or an event venue, only to be turned away after a long journey on a hot day, I can see there is a very real prospect of conflict or, perhaps, disorder.

Local authorities need to get this right if the long-suffering patience shown by most law-abiding people during the current Covid-19 epidemic is not to be tested to its limit and beyond.


Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum