Blog post‘Think before you travel this Bank Holiday weekend’

Ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, the area’s official tourist board is reinforcing its message to visitors urging them to ‘think before you travel, act responsibly and protect our communities’.

Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said:We know it’s tempting to visit the places we’ve all missed so much, but until we can give you the warm welcome we all want, we ask visitors to think carefully before travelling to the area and to stay local if possible this Bank Holiday weekend.

“Following the renewed government guidelines, we’ve already had reports of large crowds at tourist hotspots where it was almost impossible to stay 2 metres apart, putting the safety of our local communities at risk.

“We’re asking people to take responsibility for their own actions by carefully considering whether they really need to visit, and whether they will be able to park safely and stick to social distancing guidelines when they arrive.

“Please remember that most of our facilities and tourism businesses remain closed, and until they are able to reopen safely our message to the public is to think before you travel, act responsibly and protect our communities.”

Our message to visitors

Following the Prime Minister’s update on lockdown measures, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire is asking visitors to respect its rural communities and not to rush back too quickly.

Jo Dilley, Managing Director of the area’s official tourist board, said: “Although we welcome the government’s roadmap to recovery, we need to remain cautious and would like to reassure our local communities that their safety remains a top priority as we begin preparing for tourism businesses to open safely and successfully in the future.

“We all have a responsibility to ensure the Peak District and Derbyshire remains a safe place to live and work, and a welcoming place for others to visit. Following the Government’s renewed guidelines, we are asking visitors not to rush back too quickly, to respect our residents and protect our local communities, to maintain social distancing and to make use of the green spaces close to their own doorstep.

“The tourism industry is incredibly important to the Peak District and Derbyshire and we continue to work with local and national partners to inform a robust recovery plan for our sector. Our goal is to ensure that when the time is right, our tourism and hospitality businesses can once again offer visitors the warmest of welcomes, in a safe and responsible manner.

“In the meantime, we urge everyone to act responsibly and to follow the relevant government guidelines so that we can all enjoy the full range of everything the Peak District and Derbyshire has to offer, when it is safe to do so.”

We are encouraging our followers to continue experiencing the area from home via our virtual experiences page at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/inspiration/at-home.

We are also supporting and showcasing local businesses offering food and drink delivery and takeaway services at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/inspiration/support-local.

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