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Dog ban on beaches reinstated yesterday, as the country returns to ‘normal’

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Dorset council has restored its bylaw prohibiting dog owners to walk their pets on the sand. The reinstated ban, which is enforced every year, began on the 22nd May. 

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 23/05/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28


Having temporarily lifted the dog ban at the beginning of this month following the nationwide instruction to ‘stay at home’, Dorset council once again denies access to the vast majority of beaches along the county’s coastline.

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The beach ban is enforced every year from the beginning of May until September. However, this year - as the country plunged into lockdown - the council lifted its ban to allow dog owners some freedom to exercise.

With the country slowly returning to some semblance of normality the council has decided once more to restrict the movement of dogs.

Movement restricted

The call came through to permit beach access to a beleaguered population just a few days ago. As a result, thousands of people flocked to England’s beaches to soak up some much-needed sun.

The no-dog law, now in force, is present to ensure the safety of families.

A spokesperson for the council told the Bournemouth Echo that dog walkers still have access to some designated doggy beaches.

In Bournemouth dogs are usually allowed on beaches between Branksome Dene and Alum Chine, Middle Chine to Durley Chine, Fisherman’s Walk to Southbourne and Hengistbury head all year round.