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Cotswolds shut for tourists insists council

Visitors to the Cotswolds have been warned tourism remains in lockdown and only to "come for a walk, not for a day".

The warning comes ahead of the bank holiday weekend from Cotswold District Council's cabinet member for health, wellbeing and public safety Councillor Jenny Forde.

She said: "Normally the people of the Cotswolds welcome visitors from all across the UK, but people need to be aware that the tourism industry has not yet reopened.

"All of our wonderful tourist attractions remain close. The shops, cafes and pubs that all support tourism are not open. Local public toilets also remain closed.

"Tourism is still in lockdown. By all means come for a walk, but for a day."

She called on people not to travel far to enjoy the bank holiday weekend.

"I would recommend that people do not travel more than an hour's drive from their own home," she said.

"As a beautiful area we can support people having a walk in the fresh air an enjoying outdoor exercise, but we can't yet support a whole day out - the facilities that do so are simply shut."

And she urged those who do visit the Cotswolds to follow advice on social distancing and be considerate to residents and the landscape, especially when parking with many car parks closed.

"When the Government says the time is right, our tourism and hospitality businesses will be delighted to welcome visitors from across the UK once again," she said.

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