POPULAR health walks in Weymouth will be cancelled until at least the new year after Dorset was placed in Tier 2 Covid restrictions.

Weymouth Town Council said that although the rules do allow people to meet outdoors, walk leaders have decided to take extra caution by pausing them until it is safe for them to resume.

The Health Walks were initially paused in March due to the first lockdown but were able to resume in September. They were then paused again in November because of the second lockdown.

Once the second lockdown ends on December 2, Dorset will go into strict Tier 2 restrictions - higher than they were under the previous tier regulations.

The Weymouth Health Walks scheme offers residents of all walking abilities the chance to meet safely with others and benefit from fresh air and gentle exercise, using local parks and open spaces.

Councillor David Northam, Chair of the Services Committee, said: “Weymouth Health Walks have been hugely beneficial for local residents, however ensuring the safety of walkers is our top priority.

“We recognise the walks have helped to connect people who have been socially isolated due to the coronavirus pandemic and want our residents to know that help is still available. We encourage anyone who might be feeling isolated or alone in these difficult times to take advantage of our fantastic Keep in Touch scheme.”

Residents who sign up for the Keep in Touch scheme can join group calls which take place once a week or sign up to receive letters from local volunteers. Contact keepintouch.weymouth@gmail.com or call 07902 217942 for more information.