By Julia Penhaligon
Restrictions on dogs on Cornwall’s beaches will not be relaxed by the Covid-19 crisis, despite the relatively deserted coastline and absence of holidaymakers.
Cornwall Council leader Julian German has told councillors that it would be too difficult to adjust the regulations. In January County Hall decided on a uniform "one size fits all" package of rules after the largest-ever response to any consultation run by the council with more than 13,000 people completing a survey.
“We have been asked if the restrictions on the access for dogs to Cornwall’s beaches will be relaxed if the lockdown continues,” said Mr German. “Amending the new Public Spaces Protection Orders would mean a lengthy legal process.
"The new seasonal restrictions for dogs on beaches begin on 15 May 2020, but at that stage affect only the 12 beaches in Cornwall that have Blue Flag or Seaside Award status, where no dogs will be allowed between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm.
“The remaining seasonal restrictions come into place on 1 July 2020 and will also be from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. This allows dog owners to exercise with their pets before 10.00 am and after 6.00 pm, and the hours in between respect those who prefer to exercise on beaches without dogs present.
“I would also like to remind dog owners to keep their pets on leads in all public areas to help with social distancing, and also thank them for picking up after their pets.”