Dozens of Britons headed to parks, green spaces and beaches this afternoon – with some pictures showing people blatantly flouting the UK’s coronavirus lockdown rules. Some were spotted sunbathing and gathering in groups, while others queued for ice creams to enjoy on the beach.
The Government has urged people to adhere to social distancing measures while going out for their one form of daily exercise.
But some appeared to break with official advice today, as they lingered in parks and sunbathed – something that ministers have banned.
Earlier this month Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that anyone caught sunbathing would be asked to move on by police, after there had been some confusion on the matter.
He said: “Sunbathing is against the rules that have been set out for important public health reasons.”
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He warned rule breakers: “You are putting others’ lives at risk and you are putting yourself in harm’s way.”
A Government spokesman later added: “People should not be going to parks or beaches to sunbathe. It goes against our rules on essential movement.”
But the warnings haven’t stopped some Britons from trying to soak up the sunshine.
Temperatures in London neared 20C today, which led to many people heading to their local park.
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“We know this isn’t easy, but ice cream vans are not essential and this unnecessary contact is putting more people at risk.”
But other councils, such as Swale council in Kent have confirmed ice cream traders can still operate.
The weather also saw a huge number of cyclists take to the road, with some images showing them come very close to other cyclists.
The Government’s guidance states people can only leave their homes for shopping for essential items, one form of daily exercise, travelling to work, for a medical need or helping a vulnerable person.