People Flock To UK Beaches Despite Continued Warnings On Social Distancing Measures
Brits have been flocking to beaches today to make the most of this weekend's sunshine, despite repeated warnings from officials to think twice about heading out for a day trip while social distancing is still imperative.
While the government has said 'day trips to outdoor open space' are permitted, it has also reminded people that they must still 'practise social distancing' from 'other people outside your household'.
But photos from today show many popular beaches packed out with day-trippers, including at Durdle Door near Lulworth, Dorset - where people have to clamber down a series of narrow paths to get to the sand.
Along with other local police forces, Dorset Police have launched a campaign urging people to 'think twice' when out and about in the county to 'ensure lives are not being put at risk unnecessarily'.
Chief Constable James Vaughan said: "Despite the ongoing lockdown measures, we are experiencing a high volume of visitors to Dorset and this is in part due to the beautiful weather we are experiencing.
"However, what is apparent is that in some locations social distancing cannot be adhered to because of the sheer number of people there. The message from Dorset Police and our partner agencies is that if an area looks too busy, please go home or elsewhere."
Vaughan added: "We are receiving increased reports of these breaches in Dorset and our officers will continue to patrol hotspot areas, engage with the people involved and encourage them to go home."
Similar scenes today have also been found at Bournemouth Beach, which has been popular with visitors since measures were lifted - prompting concern from the council, which has asked people to 'think twice' before travelling to the beach.
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Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have teamed up with Sefton Council and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service to remind people to 'continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather'.
A post on the Merseyside Police website says: "Since restrictions were lifted allowing people to spend more time outside we have seen a rise in the number of people using local beaches, parks and beauty spots including Formby nature reserve and Formby, Ainsdale and Sefton beaches.
"The advice remains that everyone should maintain social distancing at all times and that people should only meet up with the permitted number of people from other households when outdoors."
We've joined forces with @seftoncouncil and @MerseyFire to ask the public to remain sensible and respectful if they visit #Sefton beaches and beauty spots following reports of antisocial behaviour, littering, fires and illegal parking. More here: https://t.co/HAZab0vgWG pic.twitter.com/QeViw8s6wU
- Merseyside Police (@MerseyPolice) May 29, 2020
The force asked people to be respectful of the area, following reports of 'excessive littering and fires and BBQs being lit', as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately.
Brighton and Hove Council has also told people to stay two metres away from others, and asked people to limit trips to the seafront this weekend.
To help everyone stay safe this weekend there will be stewards on the beach
They will be working on the central beach area from 11am - 6pm on both Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May
:warning: Please stay 2m apart from those not from your household :warning:
More info: https://t.co/tzkY4WFu69 pic.twitter.com/p8PjqGrPyc
- Brighton & Hove City Council (@BrightonHoveCC) May 30, 2020
A post on the council website says: "We're again asking people to limit travel to the city and the seafront this weekend to protect public safety.
"While restrictions are starting to be eased, the need for physical distancing has not changed.
"Stewards will be in place between 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday to monitor the central beach area from East Street to West Street.
"The stewards will be monitoring access to the beach and will put in restrictions if the area becomes too busy.
"They will advise people to go to less busy beaches. Last week, one of the central beaches was temporarily closed due to becoming too crowded."
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