Social distancing ignored at Brighton station as crowds gather


Social distancing guidelines appeared to be ignored at Brighton station as thousands of sun seekers gathered.The dozens of people arriving on England’s south coast despite being begged to stay away infuriated the man.

It comes the day after a record-breaking heat wave sent Britons pouring into the beaches – with ugly scenes on the sand to some during the scorcher at 37.8C.

Saturday brought milder weather – and seems to have drawn an influx to popular Brighton beach.

Hordes were captured arriving at the station – although local authorities warned visitors to avoid the waterfront this weekend.

There were few signs of social distancing in the massive queues

Brighton & Hove council urged sun worshipers not to come to Brighton as the sunny weekend forecast raised concerns over overcrowding, Sussex Live reports.

With temperatures around 30 ° C, the council issued a statement that said, “We are concerned about the number of people in the city. If you are not already there, please do not come to town today.

“There is limited capacity in public transport – Large numbers make it impossible to maintain physical distance. ”

Saturday would have been the 30th anniversary of Pride Brighton, which is normally the biggest event on the region’s calendar.

Local Sam Barton posted a video of the crowded station on Twitter, writing: “It’s so irritating. Because of these people, we might end up having to have a localized lockdown in a few weeks # covidiots # brighton. “

Huge crowds pass through Brighton station

In the clip, we can hear her say, “This is so f *** ed up. Beyond Belief.

“I am so glad that we are leaving for a day away from this place. Holy shit. ”

Usually tens of thousands of people flocked for a weekend of music, dancing and parties.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has made this year’s event impossible to keep up with the real risk of the infection spreading among large numbers of people.

Instead, the organizers are putting digital pride on social media.

But city officials have tried to steer clear of visitors who may still want to visit Brighton for private celebrations.

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove and Portslade, encouraged people to party in their living rooms or gardens instead.

Brighton beach drew swarms of bathers during Friday’s heatwave

In a joint statement from Brighton Pride, Brighton and Hove City Council, and Brighton and Hove NHS Services said: “There are no official pride events in Brighton and Hove this weekend .

“Large unplanned and unauthorized gatherings are prohibited during the pandemic. Transport services to and from the city are limited, with trains serving only a quarter of their usual services due to the impact of Covid-19.

This year’s’ Pride ‘stay at home’ is very different from the usual event and aims to keep the spirit of Pride booming while keeping everyone safe inside. ”

A Facebook event called the ‘Brighton Pride Beach Party’ appears to have been pulled from social media after encouraging revelers to gather on Brighton Beach for an unofficial pride celebration.

People take advantage of the warm weather on Brighton Beach in Sussex on Saturday

Friday’s heat wave saw reported problems on UK beaches, including Bournemouth in Dorset on England’s south coast, Barry Island in Wales and Portobello Beach, Scotland.

Police were called in to deal with the fights, and were called upon to disband youth groups and confiscate alcohol in some cases.

Popular Bournemouth Beach was among those warning sun worshipers to stay away in the hot conditions on Friday, after the June heatwave that saw the sand become so crowded, authorities said a ‘major incident’ .

Council for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole said on its ‘beach check’ app on Friday that people should avoid its beaches because ‘safe social distancing is not possible’.


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