Many people had gone out to enjoy the sun on Saturday despite government calls to stay home.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Secretary of Health Matt Hancock were among those who urged the public not to go out this weekend after warmer weather was planned, with 18C (64.4F) possible on Sunday.
But photos of parks and beaches across the UK seemed to suggest that some simply couldn’t resist the temptation to leave their homes on Saturday, with blue skies over much of the country.
And while most seem to at least keep their distance from others, not everyone seems to follow official guidelines for when people should go out.
Government says people should not leave home unless their job requires them to do so, buy essential supplies such as food, exercise once a day or for reasons of health.
Hancock said Friday, “This is not advice, it is instruction. “
But rallies have been seen in Regents Park, London Fields, Battersea Park and other green spaces in London, with thousands of people allegedly flouting advice in a park south of the capital.
Brockwell Park said it would be closed on Sunday because so many visitors had ignored social distance.
On Twitter, the park said, “Despite clear advice, more than 3,000 people passed by Brockwell Park today, many of them sunbathing or in large groups. This is unacceptable. “
The local council later added, “We are sorry we had to make this decision. This should not happen if people followed clear government instructions.
“We are doing this for public safety, a minority of people have not followed the guidelines, so unfortunately we have had to act. “
This question was central to the daily life of the government coronavirus press briefing Saturday.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the death toll COVID-19, which increased by 708, shows that everyone must follow the guidelines.
Gove said there is evidence of a “lower level of compliance” among some young people, who may not have received the appropriate messages or feel as if they are less likely to be affected by the. disease.
It’s despite two deceased coronavirus patients in the UK this week being only five and 13 years old.
Gove urged people “to think about those on the front lines and the sacrifices they make for us”, as he revealed that seven health professions have died after contracting the virus.
He said: “Whatever the temptations for this weekend, don’t go out to visit the lakes, beaches, countryside … be proud to keep your own families and communities safe. “
NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis said, “The sun could be out, it doesn’t mean you should be out. “