Police have been patrolling Llanelli beauty spots after crowds had been spotted at Llanelli beach earlier this week.
The force was conducting high-visibility patrols on Thursday, January 7 and advised 28 out of 40 drivers to leave the area and go home.
Current Covid-19 restrictions permit only essential travel which includes: going to buy food, for work or education (if you can’t work from home) or to provide care to a vulnerable person.
The Welsh Government has stated that exercise is one of the essential reasons people may leave their homes for, but that it should be done locally and from home on foot, or cycle
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Regulations also state that this should not include people driving to a location to undertake their daily exercise.
Earlier this week, Dyfed-Powys Police urged people to stay at home after crowds had started gathering near Llanelli beach.
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A statement from the force said: “We are seeing an increase of crowds gathering at the beach and other beauty spots in Llanelli.
“Please remember that Welsh Government restrictions state that exercise should start and finish at your home – you should not travel to exercise.”
Crowds of people flocked to Penyfan:
Police were also patrolling Penyfan in the Brecon Beacons at the end of 2020 after crowds of walkers were seen flocking to the mountain.
Dyfed-Powys Police issued fines to people who had travelled from as far as Hertfordshire and Cheltenham to walk up the mountain.
Coronavirus regulations allow fixed penalty notices to be issued for most types of breaches.
The first offence carries a fine of £60; this is increased to £120 for a second offence and continues to double for repeated offences, up to a maximum of £1,920.
Pembrey Country Park has also issued a reminder that, according to Welsh Government rules, “exercise should start and finish from your home and generally this should not involve people driving to a location away from your home”.
Some exceptions include people with specific health or mobility issues who may need to travel from their home in order to be able to exercise.
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You can read all the latest rules regarding exercising during restrictions here.
A statement from Dyfed-Powys Police on social media said: “High visibility patrols conducted at Llanelli beauty spots car parks today (Janurary, 7).
“We have spoken to over 40 drivers and 28 of them were advised to leave the area.”
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