The British have been warned that outdoor exercise could be banned if they continue to flout social distancing rules, although there are no “imminent” changes to the national lockdown currently in sight.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock took advantage of the government’s daily briefing on Sunday coronavirus again urging people not to flout the restrictions on keeping people at home.
He said he “understands how much” the COVID-19 pandemic is for the country after two people he “loved” died of the disease, but insisted that the lock must be respected despite the warm weather.
Earlier, the Secretary of Health’s message to the public on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge Sunday was clear: if you want the lockout to end, follow the rules.
His remarks came over a weekend when the crowd defied Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s calls not to give in to the temptation of the sun, and instead flouted government rules on when people can leave their homes.
The instructions state that people should only leave their homes during the lockout for reasons of food, health, outdoor exercise or to go to work if they cannot do their work from home.
The Prime Minister and other senior cabinet officials urged the public not to flout these social distancing measures until the weekend, warning that it would put more lives at risk.
621 others coronavirus victims in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were confirmed on Sunday by the Department of Health and Welfare, bringing the UK total to 4,934.
Mr. Hancock’s call was taken up at the press conference for the Deputy Chief Physician of England, Dr. Jenny Harries.
She said people who go out should only interact with members of their own household and not be tempted to arrange meetings with other family and friends who live elsewhere.
“We have established these rules, we apply them and we will reiterate these rules,” she added.
“Because this is the best way to be able to lower the curve and stop the spread of the virus. “
Earlier, Hancock told Sky News, “The vast majority of people follow public health advice, which is absolutely essential, and stay at home.
“But there is a small minority of people who still don’t – it is frankly incredible to see that there are people who don’t follow the advice. “
Asked by Sophy Ridge if sunbathing in public spaces was against the law, he replied, “Sunbathing is against the rules that have been established for important public health reasons. “
He warned those who flout the advice, “You are putting the lives of others in danger and you are putting yourself in danger.” “
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