Forest leader urges high-risk visitors to stay away
By Rob Freeman | 16th October 2020
The leader of Forest of Dean District Council has urged people from areas with high rates of coronavirus cases to stay away from the area.
Tourism is essential to the Forest economy and Councillor Tim Gwilliam insists visitors are welcome - as long as they are not risking spreading the infection.
He said: "Compared to many areas, the Forest of Dean has been fortunate that Covid-19 infections have remained relatively low. That said, we have suffered our share of pain, heartache and loss.
"We know how many people love visiting this wonderful place that we are fortunate to call home.
"Our businesses and our communities welcome you to enjoy our open spaces and our wildlife and we truly value you as visitors and friends."
He continued: "I like to think friends can ask things of each other and we have a request for you.
"If you live in an area of England, or across the border in Wales, where infection rates are high, please postpone any non-essential trips to the Forest of Dean.
"Please adhere to the advice of the UK and Welsh Governments. Our close neighbours in Monmouthshire are thankfully not under any extra restrictions and travel remains open.
"Help us keep our vulnerable safe, play your part in protecting the Forest and please stay away if you live in a high risk area.
"We promise to welcome you back with open arms when we can."
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