Overstrand Parish Council

Use of Beach huts – Covid 19

From Karl Read, Leisure and Locality Services Manager, NNDC to Beach Hut leaseholders 22/5/20

Dear Leaseholder

Following the recent Government relaxation regarding the Covid 19 crisis, we need to write to you to outline our most recent guidance whilst using your beach hut.

North Norfolk District Council is following Government guidance with respect to the current COVID19 situation as closely as possible.  Except for people now being able to spend unlimited time outdoors for exercise / wellbeing, Government advice is that people should generally Stay at Home, not spend time with more than one person from outside their immediate household and then at a distance of 2 metres in a public space. All non-essential retail and leisure businesses, as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes remain closed.  This guidance is in place until 1st June, when there is expected to be some lifting of restrictions in respect of non-essential retail and some leisure facilities, albeit that pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as tourist accommodation and attractions are not expected to be able to open until at least the 4th July.

Recognising the advice on people being able to spend time outdoors, we understand that many people with beach huts and chalets will now wish to use these facilities as part of their daily exercise or time spent outdoors.  The Council believes this is allowed under the terms of the guidance providing that other elements of the guidance relating to only use by a single household, no meeting or gatherings of people from different households and compliance with other social distancing guidelines are met.

However in order that social distancing guidelines can be met throughout this summer we will require beach hut and chalet leaseholders to either sit within their hut or chalet or on the beach and not sit outside of or in front of their huts or chalets as this will impede other people being able to walk safely along the promenades.  We obviously would ask people to adhere to this request, as your lease payment is for the hut site/chalet and not the right to occupy a wider area of the promenade.  In the interests of wider beach users etc. we will be expecting our Seafront Inspectors to monitor and enforce this request.

And finally, please be aware that there are reduced toilet facilities at many locations at the moment. For updates, please see our website at https://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk