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'Stay off the roads' urge Lincolnshire health chiefs after an increase in traffic

Public health chiefs in Lincolnshire have urged people to stay off the roads during lockdown after reporting an increase in traffic.

Tony McGinty, assistant director of public health at Lincolnshire County Council, said people should only be out for essentials, such as medicine, food or exercise only.

Earlier this week, Public Health England officials reported an uptake in the number of cars on the road across the UK during lockdown.

Red Lion Square in Stamford during lockdown
Red Lion Square in Stamford during lockdown

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director at Public Health England, described the trend as “concerning”.

Mr McGinty said Lincolnshire Police had reported similar concerns to local health officials as the number of cars on the road increased compared to earlier in the lockdown phase.

He said he understood the public’s frustrations, but reiterated that people should stay at home and only go out for essentials.

“The number of vehicles have started to climb again and I can understand why some people may get that stir crazy feeling,” he said.

“But the clear message is that we are a long way from being out of the woods yet.

“It [the message] remains the same, do go about your essential business like food, medicine and exercise. But do not do other business and think it’s important.

“It is not as important as helping other people avoid the virus.”

Meanwhile, local authority officials have also urged people not to visit the Lincolnshire coast over the Easter weekend.

Police have appealed to drivers not to make the trip to the coast, while East Lindsey District Council has closed its main tourism car parks.

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