Keep dogs on a leash and no day trips, urge authorities

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Dog owners are forced to keep their pets on a leash, with park officials urging the public not to visit on weekends and police patrolling stations to refuse tourists.

Authorities are concerned that the high temperatures forecast for parts of the country may cause widespread disregard for the foreclosure measures as the public tries to take advantage of the sun.

A joint letter signed by the bosses of London’s largest parks warned that closures could follow if the spaces were used for something other than basic exercise.

Signed by officials from the Royal Parks, Olympic Park, Lee Valley and the City of London, who oversees spaces such as Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest, the letter said, “Please do not ignore the very clear instructions – take out a times a day, stay as local as possible, don’t get together as a group, keep your two meters apart, bring the litter home and keep dogs under control and on a leash in areas where you are asked to do so.

“It is clearly not acceptable to have picnics, sunbathing, biking where it is not allowed or to confront those who put themselves in danger to keep these spaces open.

“By working together and being sane, we can ensure that our large parks and riversides play their vital role in keeping Londoners as fit and healthy as possible during these difficult times.”

Cllr Nancy Platts, of the Brighton and Hove Council, said police would patrol Brighton train station and turn people away if their trip did not seem essential.

Last month’s sunny weather saw thousands flocking to Brighton Beach in the days before the government passed emergency legislation to stem the tide of the virus.

She intervened when the chief scientist informing the government warned that the rate of infection by coronaviruses would remain high for “weeks and weeks” if people flout the rules of social distancing.

Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London said that although the epidemic is expected to stabilize within 10 to 10 days, people ‘s behavior was essential in determining what would happen next.

Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock also urged people to stick with social distancing and resist the temptation to take advantage of the predicted sunshine for parts of the UK on Saturday and Sunday.

Asked what would happen if people flouted the social distancing rules this weekend, Professor Ferguson told BBC Radio 4: “This brings us to a slightly more pessimistic scenario.

“We still think things will stabilize but we will be at fairly high levels of infection for weeks and weeks rather than seeing a fairly rapid decline like the type seen in China. “

He said he “hoped” that some of the intense social distancing measures could be replaced by quick access to testing and contact tracing in a few weeks – once the number of cases is lower.

“We want to move to a situation where, at least by the end of May, we will be able to substitute less intensive measures, more based on technology and tests, for the complete locking that we currently have,” he explained. .

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, from the Devon and Cornwall police, said his officers “would explain” and “encourage” people to follow government directives on essential travel.

He explained, “When we get to the app, it’s really a last resort because, in a way, if we get to the app, not everyone has understood the significance of this effort .

“It’s not just the visitors, even in my 4000 square miles, I have my own population who really want to jump in the car and travel.

“They want to go to the moors, they want to go to the beaches. “

He described the weekend as “a time to remember the importance of staying at home and saving lives.”

Tourism bosses in Cornwall also urged the public not to visit during the next Easter break.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive officer of Visit Cornwall, said, “Easter is not coming – this is what we are trying to get across to the public. We need people to stop thinking that Easter is Easter. “

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