Coronavirus cops break up family picnic and swoop on sunbathers flouting lockdown rules at parks and beaches in 26C heat – The Sun


Coronavirus cops break up family picnic and swoop on sunbathers flouting lockdown rules at parks and beaches in 26C heat – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS cops are moving on sunbathing Brits in parks and beaches with megaphones as thousands hit the parks for a 26C scorcher.

It comes after the Government pleaded with people not to be tempted by the warm Easter weekend and stay at home to beat coronavirus.

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 People out in the sunshine were approached by a cop on a horse and asked to move on

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People out in the sunshine were approached by a cop on a horse and asked to move onCredit: PA:Press Association
 A megaphone was used in Victoria Park to ensure people don't linger in the sunshine

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A megaphone was used in Victoria Park to ensure people don’t linger in the sunshineCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 Woman in a bikini rollerblades through Victoria Park, East London

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Woman in a bikini rollerblades through Victoria Park, East LondonCredit: AFP or licensors
 An officer patrols Victoria Park in East London - to make sure everyone is following the rules

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An officer patrols Victoria Park in East London – to make sure everyone is following the rulesCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 Police are keeping a close eye on everyone who hits the park today

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Police are keeping a close eye on everyone who hits the park todayCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 A woman is directing park-goers to keep moving, as many flouted the rules yesterday

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A woman is directing park-goers to keep moving, as many flouted the rules yesterdayCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun

The Met Office predicts London could reach a balmy 26C today – with people already seen hitting Victoria Park and Brockwell Park for their daily exercise.

Signs bearing new rules at the hugely popular public space informed people of a ban on picnics, ball games and sunbathing, with cyclists being told to dismount upon entry.

Announcements could also be heard over loudspeakers telling people to follow the measures or face being moved on or fined.

Most people visiting the green spaces look to be keeping their distance from others, but cops have stil been forced to warn some against sunbathing or flouting the strict lockdown rules.

One officer has been pictured using a megaphone to ensure no one breaks the rules in Victoria Park, while cops had to break up groups of people relaxing by the river in Cambridgeshire.

A mounted police officer had to tell people lying on the grass in East London to move on, while in Clapham Common a queue of people waiting for a butchers snaked across the park.

Authorities are being especially vigilant after Good Friday’s warm weather proved to be too tempting for some who ignored Government guidance to flock to the beach and bask in the sun.

Dozens of people hit the beach in record temperatures, some in large groups, despite repeated warnings not to do so.

 Sunbathers flock to Brighton beach despite the lockdown measures

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Sunbathers flock to Brighton beach despite the lockdown measuresCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974
 Cops question people at the beach in Bognor Regis, Hampshire

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Cops question people at the beach in Bognor Regis, HampshireCredit: Reuters
 A swimmer poses for a pic near the pier in Brighton

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A swimmer poses for a pic near the pier in BrightonCredit: AP:Associated Press
 Cops patrol the seafront at Brighton as people flock to the beach despite the covid-19 lockdown

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Cops patrol the seafront at Brighton as people flock to the beach despite the covid-19 lockdownCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974
 Police have been continued presence on Britain's coastal resorts at sunbathers continue to flout lockdown rules

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Police have been continued presence on Britain’s coastal resorts at sunbathers continue to flout lockdown rulesCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974
 A woman soaks up the sun on the beach at Bognor Regis, during coronavirus lockdown

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A woman soaks up the sun on the beach at Bognor Regis, during coronavirus lockdownCredit: Solent News
 People queue into Clapham Common as they wait their turn to get into a butchers

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People queue into Clapham Common as they wait their turn to get into a butchersCredit: Reuters
 Police officers chat to someone sat on a bench in Cambridgeshire in the sunshine

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Police officers chat to someone sat on a bench in Cambridgeshire in the sunshineCredit: London News Pictures
 People have been hitting the parks today - hopefully while carefully socially distancing

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People have been hitting the parks today – hopefully while carefully socially distancingCredit: w8media
 People have been warned not to sit down and lounge about in parks today - despite the nice weather

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People have been warned not to sit down and lounge about in parks today – despite the nice weatherCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
 And signs have been put up in Victoria Park to discourage people from sitting down and lingering in the park

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And signs have been put up in Victoria Park to discourage people from sitting down and lingering in the parkCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 People strolling through Victoria Park this morning - ideally keeping their distance and only staying out for an hour

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People strolling through Victoria Park this morning – ideally keeping their distance and only staying out for an hourCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 Cops have warned people not to get tempted by the good weather - they will get fined if found out and about for no reason

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Cops have warned people not to get tempted by the good weather – they will get fined if found out and about for no reasonCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 Warnings to stay two metres apart and walk on the left have been set up at park entrances in London

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Warnings to stay two metres apart and walk on the left have been set up at park entrances in LondonCredit: Andrew Styczynski – The Sun
 While it is ok to go for a walk or a cycle - like this pair in Brockwell Park - it must only be for an hour

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While it is ok to go for a walk or a cycle – like this pair in Brockwell Park – it must only be for an hourCredit: Reuters

According to Paul Netherton, deputy chief constable of Devon and Cornwall, the force is looking at deploying boats off the coast as beaches were flooded with sunbathers yesterday.

At yesterday’s No10 press conference, England’s Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May said she had seen large groups gathering in London and was unhappy to see pictures emerging from around the country.

She said: “It’s very, very frustrating, personally frustrating to see people clearly not doing social distancing and coming out in large groups.”

It comes as it was revealed social distancing could be in place indefinitely, while the government works to battle the killer virus causing chaos across the world.

More than 100,000 people have now died from coronavirus, with more than a million cases globally.

Although plans show the lockdown is likely to be in place for a few more months at least, The Telegraph reports a careful return to classrooms could be the first stage in the virus exit strategy.

Whitehall officials in the Department for Education are thought to be considering plans which would start different age groups going back to school between June and July, after the break.

But this is said to all hinge on when the peak of the pandemic arrives for the UK – which has so far seen 70,272 cases of the killer bug, and 8,958 deaths.

Yesterday Britain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 980 in 24 hours – making it the biggest rise yet and more deadly Spain’s worst day of their outbreak.

The majority of the daily death toll came in England, where 866 people died.

The latest victims were aged between 27 and 100 – including 56 with no underlying health conditions.

Matt Hancock told yesterday’s No 10 press conference the devastating figures did not mean the NHS is being “overrun” by the pandemic.

He said: “I’m very pleased, that thus far in this crisis, there is no point where the NHS has been overrun, and every single person with coronavirus has been able to access the best possible care in the NHS, because we have taken the action to expand the NHS.”

People who drive to the beach or have a picnic could be fined up to £960 or even be arrested.

As temperatures rise — police have warned people not to use the weather as an excuse to break the lockdown rules.

While it is okay to visit your nearby beach to exercise or walk across, anyone travelling further than their local area or visiting to sit or meet in large groups are breaking the law.

The death toll continues to climb as officials believe new Covid-19 infections will peak on Easter Sunday and the NHS is braced for a “tsunami” of cases this weekend.

Scientists modelling the outbreak believe tough social distancing measures have slowed the spread of the bug.

Hospital admissions are now predicted to start falling in around a fortnight, if Brits continue to stay at home.

Last week it was confirmed schools would not reopen after Easter after one minister suggested reopening schools after Easter could “kick-start the economy”.

The unnamed minister was quoted calling for kids to be allowed back to school after the Easter holidays in a fortnight.

Brits could live with coronavirus restrictions until a vaccine is developed which could take ‘around 18 months’, according to reports.

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More severe restrictions will be gradually phased out but some, such as remote working and isolating if you have symptoms of the virus, will remain in some form next year.

Scientists say the discovery of a vaccine is the only genuine “exit strategy” from the virus, meaning the country will have to adjust to a ‘new normal’, the Daily Mail reported.

It comes after foreign secretary Dominic Raab told the nation that it was “too early” to lift the lockdown, and that the country “must stick to the plan” in place.

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