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​People Flock To UK Beaches Despite Continued Warnings On Social Distancing Measures

​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'.

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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.

Durdle Door in Dorset. Credit: PA
Durdle Door in Dorset. Credit: PA

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.

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"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."

Durdle Door in Dorset. Credit: PA
Durdle Door in Dorset. Credit: PA

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.

Bournemouth Beach. Credit: PA
Bournemouth Beach. Credit: PA

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Bournemouth Beach. Credit: PA
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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."

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.

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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Topics: UK News, News, Coronavirus

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]