Easter Sunday bathers ignore coronavirus blocking measures

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Parks and beaches are once again filling up with people who flout the lock rules while sunning – while councils have been forced to close cemeteries to keep Easter mourners from gathering to lay flowers.

Shocking footage showed swimmers lounging on the grass around London, including in Battersea Park.

Councils closed cemeteries before Easter to prevent mourners from picking and laying flowers during the sacred weekend.

Far from London, the beaches are much quieter than the normal weekend of public holidays, but a minority continue to stroll along the shore. It comes after the coast guard was called to a diver who was caught fishing under Brighton Pier on Saturday evening.

Party people return to Beachy Head after groups were seen standing on the cliff edge in the sun on Saturday.

Politicians and nurses have repeatedly pleaded with the country to stay inside and protect the NHS, but the spring heat wave saw a small group of people, now called #Covidiots online, ignoring the advice.

Yesterday, 78,991 cases of coronavirus were reported in the United Kingdom and at least 9,875 deaths.

Bathers begin to gather on the grass at Battersea Park, including this relaxing drive which stopped after riding its bike at London Park on Sunday morning. NHS nurses and doctors repeatedly begged the public to stay indoors, except when absolutely necessary.

Bathers begin to congregate on the grass at Battersea Park, including this relaxing reader who stopped after riding his bike in London Park on Sunday morning. NHS nurses and doctors have repeatedly begged the public to stay indoors, except when absolutely necessary.

This group could be seen sitting in the sun atop Primrose Hill on Sunday morning. Groups are not allowed to gather outside, unless they all come from the same household. The public has been told repeatedly not to meet friends and family during the global pandemic, as Britain tries to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

This group could be seen sitting in the sun atop Primrose Hill on Sunday morning. Groups are not allowed to gather outside, unless they are all from the same household. The public has been told repeatedly not to meet friends and family during the global pandemic, as Britain tries to slow the spread of the deadly disease.

On Sunday, the police are again patrolling the parks and the great outdoors while people go to the spring sun. To date, more than 1.5 million people have been infected with a coronavirus worldwide, and Britain hopes locking measures will slow the spread of the disease.

On Sunday, the police are again patrolling the parks and the great outdoors while people go to the spring sun. To date, more than 1.5 million people have been infected with a coronavirus worldwide, and Britain hopes locking measures will slow the spread of the disease.

A busy Victoria Park on Easter Sunday makes it difficult for people to stay two meters apart - the recommended distance to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Joggers run topless in the park alongside walkers

A busy Victoria Park on Easter Sunday makes it difficult for people to stay two meters apart – the recommended distance to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Joggers run topless in the park alongside walkers

When can I leave the house while the coronavirus is locked?

There are four key circumstances in which people can leave the home: 1) Buy basic necessities, which should be done as rarely as possible. 2) To exercise, no more than once a day. 3) Any medical reason, such as visiting the hospital or caring for a vulnerable person. 4) To travel to and from work, but only if you cannot work from your home.

CAN I EXERCISE WITH OTHERS?

Only with members of your household. So you could go for a run with your partner or walk with your children. But you shouldn’t meet friends for a kickabout or a jog.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO THE PARK?

The parks are still open – for now. But people must stay away from others. The ministers were horrified by photos of crowded parks and beaches last weekend, so they are closely monitoring their use. Places in parks where people could congregate were closed – including playgrounds, outdoor gymnasiums and tennis courts. But larger parks have remained open.

CAN I USE MY ATTRIBUTION?

Yes. The ministers confirmed the use of allowance statements as an exercise – and they are a good space for social distancing if people stick to their own plot.

CAN I RIDE A BIKE?

Yes. Bike shops have been allowed to stay open and biking is a form of exercise. It is also a safer form of transportation for key workers than getting on a bus or train. But people shouldn’t go for a walk with friends – if you use it as a leisure activity, only do it with someone in your household

CAN I WALK MY DOG?

Yes. Dog walking is allowed as part of a single exercise that people can take a day. Households of two or more people can take turns walking their dog so that the family pet receives more than one walk a day.

Another bather relaxes in Battersea Park on a warm Sunday Easter morning in London

Another bather relaxes in Battersea Park on a warm Sunday Easter morning in London

People are still heading to Beachy Head in Eastbourne on Sunday. People are allowed to go out for walks as part of their daily exercise for one hour

People are still heading to Beachy Head in Eastbourne on Sunday. People are allowed to go out for walks as part of their daily exercise for one hour

Another group is seen lounging on the grass in Battersea Park on Easter Sunday. People have been advised to stay two meters apart and not to see friends or family, in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the country

Another group is seen lounging on the grass in Battersea Park on Easter Sunday. People were advised to stay two meters apart and not to see friends or family, in an attempt to prevent the spread of Covid-19 across the country

A family can be seen walking along Eastbourne Beach for a Sunday morning walk. Beaches seem more empty this morning after recent weekends when the public took it upon themselves to ignore the rules of social distancing and go out to enjoy the sun

A family can be seen walking along Eastbourne Beach for a Sunday morning walk. Beaches seem more empty this morning after recent weekends when the public took it upon themselves to ignore the rules of social distancing and go out to enjoy the sun

People have been told not to cycle with friends, if you are doing it for group exercise, it should only be with people in the same household. The public has also been advised to stay two meters apart, as this group appears to be trying to do at Battersea Park on Sunday.

People have been told not to ride a bike with friends, if you do it for group exercise, it should only be with people in the same household. The public has also been advised to stay two meters apart, as the group appears to be trying to do at Battersea Park on Sunday.

Battersea Park in southwest London was filled with people jogging, walking and biking on Sunday morning. Government advice says people are allowed to leave for one hour of exercise a day, but some people get the daily allowance

Battersea Park in southwest London was filled with people jogging, walking and biking on Sunday morning. Government advice says people are allowed to leave for one hour of exercise a day, but some people get the daily allowance

Coast Guard called to Brighton Pier after diver spotted fishing Saturday night

Bathers lounging on the green grass of Lambeth Park Sunday morning

A diver was caught fishing under the pier at Brighton Palace on Saturday evening, while bathers still headed for Lambeth Park on Sunday morning

Cyclists take a break in Battersea Park Sunday morning. Britain is nearing the end of its third week of foreclosure today, but people continue to flout Prime Minister Boris Johnson's guidelines for staying inside

Cyclists take a break in Battersea Park Sunday morning. Britain is nearing the end of its third week of foreclosure today, but people continue to flout Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s guidelines for staying inside

Employees of the Greenwich board must already tell people to stop sunbathing at Oxleas Woods in south-east London on Sunday morning. It follows a similar niche of revelers heading to the parks on Saturday to enjoy the unusual sun

Greenwich council workers must already tell people to stop sunbathing at Oxleas Woods in south-east London on Sunday morning. It follows a similar niche of revelers heading to the parks on Saturday to enjoy the unusual sun

The PCSOs were on the Brighton seafront on Sunday morning as they prepared to spend their shifts monitoring anyone who flouted the lockout rules. Beach left almost completely empty on Sunday as Britons begin to accept lockout rules

The PCSOs were on the Brighton waterfront Sunday morning as they prepared to spend their shifts monitoring anyone who flouted the lockout rules. Beach left almost completely empty on Sunday as Britons begin to accept lockout rules

Eastbourne Beach on the South Coast is deserted this morning (Sunday) as the British listen to advice to stay inside and stop the spread of Covid-19

Eastbourne Beach on the South Coast is deserted this morning (Sunday) as the British listen to advice to stay inside and stop the spread of Covid-19

A cyclist bikes along an empty road near Beachy Head near Eastbourne on Sunday morning. Although a minority of people continue to ignore the lock rules, the public generally adheres to government directives to stay indoors, except for essential travel

A cyclist bikes along an empty road near Beachy Head near Eastbourne on Sunday morning. Although a minority of people continue to ignore the lock rules, the public generally adheres to government directives to stay indoors, except for essential travel

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