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Coronavirus: Uk’s baches may be closed down again – Hancock

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ENGLAND’S Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty has warned that beaches in United Kingdom may be closed down if social distancing protocol continues to be flouted.

  Expressing dismay over the crowd that throngs the beaches, Whitty fears that COVID cases will rise again if people do not follow the rules.

  “If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.”

  “We do have those powers and if we see a spike in the number of cases, then we will take action.”

  According to the British chief health medical officer, “COVID-19 has gone down due to the efforts of everyone but is still in general circulation.” His tweeter post reads.

  It will be recalled that a total of 43,230 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, with 149 deaths, according to Department of Health figures as at yesterday.

  In his contribution, British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, while expressing concerns over high number of people showing up at the beach with disregard to social distancing protocols said, they have the power to closedown the beach.

  “Thousands of people flocked to beaches in Dorset and Brighton on the hottest day of the year, yesterday, with local officials reporting ‘gridlocked roads’, fighting and overnight camping.”

  He reminded the public there are signs in Bournemouth that tell visitors to “go home if it’s too busy.”

  Clearly people didn’t heed that. I do think we have to appeal to people to be careful here.

  He noted emergency services were also called to Bournemouth beach yesterday after a ‘major incident’ was declared.

  “We’ve taken the next steps of loosening the lockdown, it is important that people observe the social distancing measures in place.”

  Meanwhile, Green MP for Brighton, Pavilion Caroline Lucas said the numbers in Bournemouth were “worrying” for all seaside towns after police were called to the promenade there too.

  “We love welcoming visitors but want everyone to be safe, we also need time to make city ready. Please respect the rules and our city,” she cautioned.

  MP for Bournemouth East, Tobias Ellwood urged visitors “not to forget the pandemic is far from over.

  According to him, “it is very sad to see a number of people being selfish and also acting dangerously.”

  Crowded scenes in Dorset also saw local authorities issue warnings to the public to “show common sense.”

  Dorset Police Federation Chief, Anna Harvey, observed the development with mixed feelings, “people have been locked down for months, now, with the weather and the lockdown being unlocked, have taken to flocking the fantastic beaches.

  “I am afraid people were asked by the government to show common sense and at times, there has not been much evidence of that being on display. We are still in the middle of a pandemic.”

  Labour MP for Hove and Portslade, Peter Kyle, criticised the government after the Prime Minister told destination communities to welcome reopening in July.

  In an exchange in the Commons, Kyle pressed Boris Johnson on how tourist hotspots can be kept safe as restrictions are eased, to which he said “they should show some guts and champion their communities as venues for people to return to and support.”

  “I truly wish our prime minister listened to constructive advice. His irresponsibility has consequences.” Kyle tweeted yesterday.

  Other tourist hotspots nationwide have been forced to tell visitors to stay away during periods of hot and sunny weather in recent weeks.

  But thunderstorms and torrential rains will bring an abrupt end to the baking hot conditions today.

  Meteorologists have forecast thunderstorms and possible heavy rains for the whole of the UK today, triggering fear of flooding.

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