Crowded English beaches despite Covid-19 social distancing call | UK weather

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Tens of thousands of people took to the beaches of England’s south coast on the hottest day of the year, prompting some local authorities to implore people to stay away in order to keep the social distance.

As many areas of northern England faced a new lockdown, stretches of beach in Bournemouth, Poole and Brighton were crowded.

In Bournemouth, where a major incident was reported last month because the beach was very busy, council asked people to move away from certain areas as physical distance was not possible.

Despite the warnings, groups of up to 50 teens and men and women in their twenties gathered. Security guards abducted men who were drinking under the pier but no attempt was made to close the beaches or to ask people to leave.

Sun seeker Lizzie Jones, 18, from Portsmouth, who was on the beach with a dozen friends, said she felt perfectly safe and didn’t think she was putting anyone in danger. “We are here in the open air. People are a bit close, but I don’t think there is much danger, ”she said.

Some parking lots were full, prompting dozens of people to illegally abandon their vehicles.

A digital sign informed people that the beach was “too busy”. A new app produced by local authorities, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, urged people to avoid long stretches of beach with the message: ‘Avoid, safe social distancing is not possible.’

Tom, who was on the beach with a group of school and college friends aged 17 and 18 who had traveled to Bournemouth on the train from Southampton, said: ‘I feel safe. I don’t know anyone who has had coronavirus. Until I do, I don’t think it will feel real to me.

The local population was suspicious. Rod Underhill, 65, was sunbathing in front of his beach hut. He said it was clear that large groups of young people were not social distancing. But he said, “We have made our route to and from the beach to make sure we avoid the worst. You just have to be sane.

Vikki Slade, the head of the BCP board, said the stations were happy to welcome people. She said Bournemouth and Poole were stretched in June when nearly half a million people arrived at a time when hotels, restaurants and pubs were closed.

“I was appalled at the garbage, illegal parking, anti-social behavior and the resulting personal abuse that our hard work teams had to deal with,” she said.

“As a result of our experiences, we have put in place marshals at the entrances to busy car parks, extended our security system, improved our first aid services and put in place additional traffic management plans.

The council and police were ready to set up roadblocks and tow dangerously parked cars. The police were working long hours and some of the leave was canceled.

Further east, Brighton and Hove City Council has expressed concerns about the number of people on its beaches. He tweeted: “We are concerned about the number of people in the city. If you’re not already there, don’t come into town today. The capacity of public transport is limited. Large numbers make it impossible to maintain physical distance. “

In Kent, Thanet’s council said some of its more popular shutters were full. He tweeted: “Please avoid our most popular beaches today as they are now extremely crowded. We have 30km of coastline, so consider any places you might visit or come back at a quieter time. ”

The Met Office said the temperature reached 37.8 ° C at Heathrow and 37.3 ° C at Kew Gardens, making it the third hottest day on record in the UK.

A “yellow warning” has been issued by the Met Office for thunderstorms valid from 4 p.m. Friday until midnight in large parts of eastern and south-eastern England. Cooler weather is expected for the weekend.



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