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Brits Ignore Social Distancing Rules To Queue Up For Ice-Cream On Seafront

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Brits Ignore Social Distancing Rules To Queue Up For Ice-Cream On Seafront

With the UK lockdown in its fifth week, it seems that some people have begun to get complacent about social distancing rules, after people were photographed in a long queue for ice cream from a cafe in Hove, East Sussex.

The shocking photos show a line of people, all seemingly stood much closer than the recommended two metre distance from each other, waiting in turn to be served from a takeaway cafe.

That doesn't look like two metres to me. Credit: PA
That doesn't look like two metres to me. Credit: PA

With the country seeing a spate of warmer weather over the weekend, it seems that Brits are beginning to lose patience with the government's social distancing guidance, put in place in order to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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Earlier this week, eyewitness Ben Maughan, 34, told The Daily Mail that the Hove seafront was 'just absolutely packed'.

He said: "I usually go out for my evening run but it just wasn't safe. The police just weren't doing anything and that was the shocking thing. Usually they have been telling people sitting on a bench to move on or putting out BBQs. Just actual policing.

"But they were just driving by on what looked like an ordinary Thursday summer's day. Even the ice cream shop had reopened. It was as though lockdown had been lifted.

"Everyone seems to have had enough of being cooped up and wanted to get out to enjoy the weather."

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Hove seafront in the sun this weekend. Credit: PA
Hove seafront in the sun this weekend. Credit: PA

Although coronavirus hospitalisations have reached a plateau, authorities have warned that relaxing social distancing will almost definitely lead to another spike in cases - and ultimately deaths.

Last week, during the Clap For Carers campaign that sees people show their appreciation for the NHS and other key workers by going to their front door and applauding, Westminster Bridge once again came under scrutiny.

The bridge, in Central London, has seen large crowds of of people gather at 8pm on Thursday evenings for the initiative, but scenes have left people irritated by the lack of social distancing. Even members of the police have come under fire for breaking their own rules, while fines are being handed out in other parts of the country.

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Taking to Twitter, one person wrote: "Absolutely absurd. My dad's partner is critical ill in hospital yet I cannot visit her... but it's OK for hundreds to gather on Westminster Bridge (again) including front line staff who really ought to know better."

Another added: "Westminster Bridge, again. The rest of us are sat at home, following the rules. These people gather together, doing the exact thing the people they are showing their appreciation for don't want them to do."

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Topics: uk news, Coronavirus

Amelia Ward
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