Lockdown watch: how is it going in Cromer, Sheringham and Wells?
PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:01 17 May 2020
With some lockdown restrictions being lifted, meaning people can drive to any location to exercise, sunbathe or eat their lunch, we have checked in at north Norfolk’s coastal towns.
New lockdown rules came into force on Wednesday as the government eased coronavirus restrictions.
Even with the majority of businesses sporting a ‘closed’ sign on the door, people were keen to visit the county’s seaside towns with their loved ones.
In Cromer, the beach was home to small groups of people enjoying the intermittent sunshine, and walkers making the most of the beautiful coastline.
There were also a number of surfers enjoying Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to allow members of the public back in the water, if they stay two metres apart.
Visitors were all keen to keep their distance and enjoy a ‘normal’ day at the seaside - minus the usual smell of fish and chips.
Up on Runton Road however was a group of more than half a dozen motorcyclists grouped around the junction of MacDonald Street. Half an hour later the bikes had dispersed.
Over in Sheringham, the narrow streets were busier than normal but calm and under control.
The Station Approach car park, ran by North Norfolk District Council, was sporting a socially-distant outdoor market.
The smell of fresh fish along with the sight of fruit and vegetables being sold gave a promising sense of normality in what is a very worrying time.
While many shops remain closed, a small number of businesses including bakeries and cafes have adapted, meaning that freshly made goods could be bought from their stores.
The Courtyard Coffee Shop staff were hard at work preparing cream tea delivery orders and fulfilling customers’ caffeine cravings with fresh coffee.
Meanwhile in Wells, Beach Road was blocked off and manned after Holkham Estate made the decision to remain closed.
The estate have asked people not to park cars on Holkham’s private land, which includes the one mile of Beach Road.
The road is only accessible to emergency service vehicles.
Robert Smith MBE, the harbour master at Wells, said: “There are more people visiting Wells today than we have seen for some time, but that was always expected.
“Overall it’s not been busy and more importantly everyone seems to be acting respectful and sensible while here.
“So far there are no major concerns and we are hoping the rest of the weekend continues to be the same.”
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