AS we go into a bank holiday weekend, the Isle of Wight Council has issued some advice to help people stay safe from Covid.

Residents and visitors are being asked to do the simple things to help protect themselves and others this bank holiday — with the Island's Covid rate currently higher than the national average.

Simon Bryant, the council's director of public health, says it is vital we all remain Covid-aware to help keep infection rates down.

He said: "It's simple to enjoy the weekend and, hopefully, some good weather, and stay safe.

"Simple and easy actions like washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering, particularly in crowded areas such as public transport, and staying two metres apart are still the most effective things we can all do to help stop the spread wherever we are.

“When the weather is so beautiful, try to meet people outside and somewhere off the beaten track. The council has published a list of different locations around the Island for us all to enjoy this summer.

Scroll down for the council's suggestions

“Testing is vital. Please continue to take regular rapid response LFT tests when you don’t have symptoms. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

"The Newclose test centre is open from 8.30am until 2pm, seven days a week and over the bank holiday weekend.

“The vaccine is available to everyone aged 16 and over now — please take advantage of the protection this offers you and others."

Cllr Karl Love, cabinet member for public health, suggests visitors should take a lateral flow test before, during and after their stay to help manage the Island's infection rates.

"We all have a duty of care to respect and look after one another," he said.

The council recommends quiet beauty spots such as Gurnard Beach, Fort Victoria, Golden Hill Country Park, Pan Mill Meadows, Bonchurch Landslip and the Devil's Chimney, Brading Down, Culver Down and Pig Leg Lane.

See the list here