THE RNLI is warning people who live by the Welsh coast and can walk to beaches for exercise during the fire-break not to take unnecessary risks.

The charity is urging people not to put undue pressure on volunteer lifeboat crews and other front-line services.

As schools across Wales prepare for the half-term break, the RNLI is reminding people to follow government advice, but if they are able to visit the coast, they should exercise caution.

Following the announcement by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford on Monday, from today (October 23) volunteer RNLI crews will no longer exercise but will still answer emergency calls.

The charity is asking people to play their part and take responsibility for themselves and their families to avoid any unnecessary risk to them and to lifeboat crews.

Chris Cousens, RNLI Water Safety Lead said: “Those lucky enough to have a beach or coastal path within walking distance from their home, might want to use this space to exercise with consideration of the Government’s guidance.

“However, we’d ask that you consider carefully whether you need to visit the beach, the coast or go into the water in case you get into difficulty.

“Please avoid taking unnecessary risks which would put pressure on our volunteer lifeboat crews and other front-line services and puts them at risk of being exposed to coronavirus.

“Please ensure you check tide times and your route before you leave and be aware of your surroundings while out.”