RESTRICTIONS banning dogs from parts of the county's beaches will come into force despite the lockdown.

On many of the county’s beaches, the start of the spring and summer restrictions for dogs will begin next week.

These restrictions are contained within public spaces protection orders (PSPO) and look to protect public health.

Dorset council has been asked if these restrictions can be changed due to the Coronavirus situation. These restrictions can only be changed following a legal process including a public consultation.

As in previous years, dog owners can exercise their dogs in the designated areas taking account of the social distancing requirements. People should not travel to beaches to exercise their dogs, Government guidance is to stay local.

Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said: “We recognise that many fewer residents will be visiting the beach at the present time due to the social distancing restrictions.

While there should be many fewer dogs accessing the beach, the PSPOs remain in force and they are there for the safety of visitors. We are currently carrying out a consultation about them and I invite those who have not completed it, to do so.”

We are currently running a consultation asking people’s opinions to inform the PSPOs for the future. You can give us your views here To find out more about designated areas on beaches for dog walking visit