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Residents fear staycationers on north coast exposing them to Covid-19 risk

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Holidaymakers on the beach at Portrush

Holidaymakers on the beach at Portrush

Holidaymakers in Portrush town centre

Holidaymakers in Portrush town centre

Resident William Quinn

Resident William Quinn

MLA Cara Hunter

MLA Cara Hunter

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press E

Holidaymakers on the beach at Portrush

Government advice to staycation this year has meant a huge influx of people to the popular seaside towns along the north coast where residents have voiced concerns that they are being exposed to an increased risk of contracting coronavirus.

Portstewart, Portballintrae and Portrush were bustling with tourists yesterday which made maintaining a social distance of two metres from others along footpaths impossible.

The majority of people out and about were not wearing facemasks. However, local man William Quinn said he never leaves home without his. He said: "I think coronavirus is going to be with us for years and years and if you look at all the people who have had it and all the people we have lost to it, it is important to take precautions.