The public are being urged to continue to stay at home and not be tempted to visit Hunstanton during warmer weather. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A seaside town mayor has issued a plea for the public to “explore from their door” ahead of warmer weather set to hit West Norfolk this weekend.

Hunstanton Mayor Tony Bishopp has spoken amid concerns the town could see an increase in visitors as the weather improves. 

And the town council has received calls from residents reporting people had travelled more than 100 miles to Hunstanton over the past week and a spokesman reminded visitors that “travelling to stay in second homes or other rentals is not allowed at this time.”

Mr Bishopp said: “With the country still in tightened restrictions as part of the national lockdown, I am asking you all to stay local and explore from your door,” said Mr Bishopp.

“Staying local means you must only leave your homes for a limited number of reasons. This includes to shop for food or essential items, to go to work if you cannot work from home, to exercise once per day, seek emergency help or attend education, childcare or medical appointments.

“Staying local means staying within your village, town or city. We must stick with the rules and not become complacent or lose sight of why these restrictions are in place – to reduce the spread of the disease, protect the NHS and save lives. We know people love to visit Hunstanton, but trips here will have to wait.”