The app will help you avoid high traffic areas
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An app developed to help beach goers check out Bournemouth’s bustling beaches following a surge in visitors last summer is set to go national after being backed by the government.
The app was launched in July last year by the BCP Council to help beach goers respect social distancing after visitors flocked to the coast in the thousands.
The BCP Beach Check application has now become Beach Check UK.
It is available in a number of popular tourist destinations across the UK.
Providing a live traffic light system indicating occupied areas (red), less traveled areas (amber), and areas with a lot of available space (green), the app is free to download.
Cllr Philip Broadhead, Deputy Head of the BCP Council, said: “It is with immense pride that we can now officially announce that the BCP Council is leading the way in the promotion of much needed technology, with the aim of encouraging the public to protect themselves. “
Local Government Minister Luke Hall MP said: “We want everyone to safely enjoy a well-deserved summer this year, while continuing to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
“This is why the government is funding Europe’s first innovative beach check app to allow people to check if beaches are busy before traveling to avoid an influx of visitors.
“This will allow coastal communities to welcome visitors with care and will help local areas recover from the challenges faced by the pandemic. “