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‘Wish you weren’t here!’ is our spoof postcard message to deter Bank Holiday beach crowds

After seeing the number of people who headed to its coastline this week, Sefton Council has adopted a new campaign ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

‘Wish you weren’t here!’ is the Council’s spoof take on the picture postcard message it is sending to people thinking of travelling to its beaches from across the north west.

Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Ian Moncur said: “It’s not the message you expect to see on a postcard, or what Sefton Council would usually be telling the public, but at this time we need people to think about their own and others’ safety, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff.

“Our beaches are tempting but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment. Beach car parks are closed and parking is limited. Public toilets remain closed, bins are not in use and there are no Lifeguard patrols.

“Recently, data showed the Merseyside region as having a higher death rate than England and the rest of the North West, and it remains important that people stay home as much as possible and maintain the effort to reduce transmission of this dangerous virus.”

Sefton Council has asked people to continue being its eyes and ears and to report any large gatherings to the police by dialling 101 or to greensefton@sefton.gov.uk.

Cllr Moncur added: “We would also ask local people who are travelling to their nearby beaches to park considerately and ensure there is access for emergency vehicles at all times.”