Video Shows Crowded Trains Travelling To Beaches As People Ignore Social Distancing
Lockdown may have been eased, but the good weather seems to have gone to some people's heads when it comes to warnings over social distancing.
This video shows a packed out train station as people were transported to the beach yesterday - the hottest day of the year so far.
This particular video was taken in Bournemouth Station shortly before the council had to declare a 'major incident' due to the amount of people that descended on Bournemouth beaches.
It was shared by Twitter user Amanda Dixon who wrote: "Bournemouth train station! Absolutely shocking! How much rubbish and s**t will be left on the beach today!"
She later uploaded a video of large groups walking towards the station, adding: "This was driving past the asda next to the station! As if they're all on holiday or off to a festival crazy scenes!"
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Other videos showed a packed train in Kent that was travelling to Margate with people stood in the aisles and another in Brighton.
Commenting on one of the videos, one person wrote: "Couldn't think of ANYTHING worse than being on a stuffy train just to travel to the BEACH whether it's 30 mins, 1hr or 2hrs away!!!! Idiots."
Another added: "My brother went to the beach today and 1) didn't socially distance 2) went with a group of friends 3) travelled 2 hours on the train to get there. Hope he gets sunburnt." Fair enough.
Northern Trains tweeted telling people that using the trains to get to the beach or scenic spots is not essential, adding: "Taking the train to work as your have no other option is essential. Please help us keep trains for those who really need them."
COVID-19 has gone down due to the efforts of everyone but is still in general circulation.
If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.
- Professor Chris Whitty (@CMO_England) June 25, 2020
These videos come after Matt Hancock threatened that the UK government has the power to completely close beaches if social distancing measures continue to be ignored.
The UK's Health Secretary said that officials were 'perfectly prepared' to 'take action' after thousands flocked to beaches for the hottest day of the year so far.
In an interview with TalkRadio, Mr Hancock said: "We do have that power [to close beaches]. I am reluctant to use it because people have had a pretty tough lockdown and I want everybody to enjoy the sunshine.
"But the key is to do it with respect for the rules - stay with your household, stay a good distance from other households."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@Amandadixon9419