Britons have been filmed refusing to take notice of government measures to stop the spread of coronavirus – by moving to the beach to buy ice cream and crowding into parks.
Police were seen speaking to people on Brighton beach as they appeared to ignore the repeated warnings for staying at home.
Queues were seen on the seafront outside an ice cream kiosk in the popular seaside resort as UK temperatures hit 22C.
And elsewhere in the country runners, walkers and cyclists were seen filling crowded pathways in Windsor Great Park, with little apparent regard for social distancing guidance.
It comes just 24 hours after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, standing in for the Prime Minister, urged the country to draconian stick to lockdown measures to help save lives and protect the NHS.
He urged the public to think “long and hard” about the impact on heroic NHS staff if they ignored the rules.
“After all the efforts everybody has made, after all the sacrifices so many people have made let’s not ruined it now,” he said.
“Let’s not reversed the gains we’ve made, let’s not waste the sacrifices so many people have made. We mustn’t give the coronavirus a second chance to kill more people and to hurt our country.”
Apologizing that people would not be able to spend time with their families over Easter he added: “The deaths are still rising. It’s too early to lift the measures that we put in place.”
Ministers launched a Stay at Home This Easter publicity drive designed to make sunseekers think twice.
Police in parts of the country has also been lifting patrols of beaches and beauty spots, using sea-water to dampen people’s beach barbecues. Read Here