People are urged to stay away from beaches and beauty spots during the party weekend because of the corona virus, when England is expected to bask in warm, sunny weather.
Photos of crowds flocking to the beaches of Brighton and Southend and various beauty spots in the UK in recent days have fueled fears of social distances, and councils responsible for beauty spots in England are warning people to stay away.
After easing some closing measures last week, there are no restrictions on how far people can go to get to England’s countryside, national parks and beaches.
The Met Office predicts temperatures on Satuday could reach 66F and peak at 78F in London on Monday, with coastal areas likely to peak at around 68F over the long weekend.
Saturday is expected to be the coldest day, before the mercury rises on Sunday and Monday, with wall-to-wall sunshine in the west and sunny periods in the east.
This has led officials to warn potential day trippers to think twice before traveling to such beauty spots.
Pictured: People enjoy the warm weather on the River Lea in East London as people flock to parks and beaches with simplified closing measures, May 22
The head of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has also called for day trippers to stay away from the beaches, warning that no RNLI lifeguards are currently stationed on UK beaches.
RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie has warned that lives can be endangered if people run to the beaches to escape the fence.
“These are extraordinary times and we understand that after weeks of strict closure, people desperately want to go outside to enjoy some time on our beautiful coastline,” he said.
“As a life-saving charity, we cannot prevent people from going to the beach. But keep in mind that any visit to the coast carries risks, especially if there are currently no RNLI lifeguards on UK beaches. ‘
Coastguard rescue teams were reportedly called up last weekend for 194 incidents, including crashed jet skis, paddle boarders, kayakers, windsurfers, drifting inflatables, and swimmers cut off by the tide.
Pictured: Beachgoers use a boardwalk shelter in Littlestone, Kent prior to the party weekend which will be as warm as 26C in some parts of the country
Councilor Carmen Appich of Brighton & Hove City Council has urged anyone thinking of traveling to the city to ‘think very carefully about the consequences of their trip for others’.
Hastings Borough Council, meanwhile, has said the area is “ closed to out-of-town visitors. ”
Holidaymakers are also told that the ‘clear advice’ from the Isle of Wight Council is that they should stay away.
After photos showed crowds at Southend in Essex earlier this week, the board leader said the easing of lockdown restrictions has put the board in a “very difficult position.”
Councilor Ian Gilbert said on Friday, “We’ve had a successful Don’t Visit Southend campaign for many weeks, but the lifting of restrictions by the government has put us in a very difficult position as day trips and sunbathing are allowed, and takeaways can open are for business. “
After seeing the number of people going to shore this week, the Sefton Council in Merseyside adopted a new campaign ahead of the party weekend.
“I wish you weren’t here!” is the municipality’s opinion of the picture postcard it sends to people thinking about traveling to the beaches from all over the Northwest.
People are also advised not to visit Blackpool to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
And leaders of three local authorities adjacent to Morecambe Bay have also asked people to think twice before visiting the area.
In Cornwall, council leaders have warned that there is no lifeguard cover and that a large coastal wave and spring tide on the weekends entail dangerous sea conditions.
Rob Nolan, cabinet member for the Environment and Public Protection at the Council of Cornwall, said that people should not go on holiday in Cornwall and return to their “main residence” every night.
Devon County Council asked people to ‘think twice’ about a visit to the coast and see if they could stay closer to home.
Pictured: A bodyboarder catches a wave near Padstow, Cornwall, May 22. There is currently no RNLI Lifeguard service in the province due to Coronavirus
The RNLI was reportedly called up for 194 incidents last weekend, including crashed jet skis, paddleboarders, kayakers, windsurfers, floating inflatables, and swimmers cut off by the tide. Pictured: Windsurfing on Hayling Island Beach on May 22
The National Trust is urging people across England to stay close to home and explore the greenery and countryside this weekend as part of a concerted effort to facilitate closure.
Speaking at the daily press conference in Downing Street, Secretary of the Interior Priti Patel said: ‘It is inevitable that the public will of course be on the road much more, but of course our message is clear to the public – yes, enjoy being outside, we have encouraged people to go out, but we have a very clear reservation on that.
“This is all conditional. You can enjoy the outdoors in the sun provided you follow the advice and we will continue to stop and control the spread of the infection. ‘
Meanwhile, Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said the different approaches to England and Wales “increase the likelihood” of people breaking lockdown rules during the weekend of the holiday.
Asked if he thought people would break the rules, Mr. Hart told the PA news agency: “Anything that suggests there is a different set of rules on one side of the border than the other increases the likelihood of that possible , and there have been some examples of people being brought in when they entered Wales who didn’t realize it was a different regime. ‘
But the MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire said he believed that the “vast majority” of people adhered to the lockdown rules that apply in Wales.
On the seafront at Brighton beach, a sign of social distance can be seen to boost social distance and reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading among beachgoers, 22 May