Covid 19 coronavirus: Thousands cram onto English beaches, ignore social distancing rules

Police around the southern English coastal town of Bournemouth urged people to stay away Thursday as thousands defied coronavirus social distancing rules and flocked to local beaches on what was the UK’s hottest day of the year so far.

Amid widespread rule-breaking, a “major incident” was declared for the area, much of which is rural and only navigated by cars on narrow lanes. This gives additional powers to local authorities and emergency services to tackle the issue.

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Images of the crammed beaches appeared to prompt the British government’s chief medical officer into issuing a rare warning on social media.

Professor Chris Whitty tweeted that Covid-19 remains in “general circulation” and that cases will rise again if people don’t follow the guidelines.

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