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This week, the UK temperatures have soared above 30C and people have been flocking to beaches around the country to soak up the sun despite government warnings on social distancing. Pictures show thousands of people ignoring the rules.
Pictures from Bournemouth beach show hundreds of people gathered along the coastline and in the sea.
Thousands of umbrellas and beach mats can be seen stretching along the coast with no sign of social distancing measures being taken by the sun seekers despite continuous warnings of a second wave of the deadly virus.
Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood condemned the sun seekers and wrote on Twitter: “Let’s not forget the pandemic is far from over.
“Rules may be relaxing but restrictions remain in place for a reason.
“If they are ignored and the R value rises then tougher lockdown rules will return.
“Let’s stay alert to the dangers of COVID-19.”
Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, also tweeted people were illegally parking near the beach yesterday to enjoy the weather.
He wrote: “The illegal parking near the beach today was deeply irresponsible and dangerous.
“Emergency vehicles would struggle to get through.
“We need tough enforcement like clamping.
“Then look at the beach. Zero social distancing. This isn’t over yet folks.
“It is in all our hands.”
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Lyme Regis in Dorset had a similar story as people were photographed enjoying the heatwave along the beach.
Young children were spotted among those catching the sun despite parent’s arguing schools are still too dangerous to reopen because of social distancing concerns.
Friends were seen sunbathing and drinking on Brighton beach as if it was a normal summer’s day on the south east coast.
Coronation Street star Ilka Pop was also spotted enjoying the heatwave on Brighton beach.
Many of the beaches were left littered with wine and vodka bottles as people enjoyed the sun.
ITV correspondent Nick Dixon wrote on Twitter: “No treasure to be found on Brighton beach this morning but plenty rubbish!
“Really looks dreadful, feel sorry for the guys having to clean it up this morning. It’ll be a long job.”
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new measures of easing lockdown and said from July 4, pubs and bars will be allowed to reopen.
However, concerns have been raised due to the fact that the UK has the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths across Europe and fears of a second spike have escalated.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan attacked the Prime Minister on Twitter and said: “I don’t want to be a ‘scare-mongering’ killjoy, but Boris Johnson is taking a massive risk in unlocking Britain this much, this quickly.
“And he’s doing it for economic not public health reasons.
“Most of us haven’t had this virus yet so please be very careful from July 4.”
Mr Morgan’s comments seem to have fallen upon deaf ears for those who have ventured out to beaches up and around the country.
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