Local authorities on the Brighton Coast of England have asked people to stay away after crowds flocked to the coast of the country on the third hottest day ever recorded in Britain.
- The temperature reached 37.8 degrees Celsius at Heathrow Airport
- Several beaches across the country see large crowds with people ignoring social steps that distance them
- The British government has announced the easing of some restrictions in the UK will be postponed
The Met Office said 37.8 degrees Celsius recorded at Heathrow Airport made Friday the hottest day of the year so far in the UK.
Brighton and Hove City Council are urging people not to travel to the area, saying they are worried about the number of people who already exist in the city and that it is not possible to maintain social distance because of the large numbers.
Meanwhile, farther west on the beach at Dorset, police and council officers patrolled Bournemouth Beach and the seafront at Poole, with large crowds gathering despite long-distance social guidelines in force.
The Dorset Council also urged people to avoid popular summer places such as Durdle Door and Lulworth because the parking lots were full.
In June “major incident” was announced in Bournemouth after a similar bustling scene sparked COVID-19 fear in what was the previous hottest day in the UK this year.
In Scotland, police were called in for a major disturbance on Edinburgh’s Portobello Beach when temperatures reached 28C in the capital.
Scottish police said there were no reports of injuries and officials were still trying to confirm the circumstances of the incident, but police were seen seizing alcohol from beach visitors.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeated the warning about the threat of the second wave when he was announced Britain would delay easing some restrictions due to an increase in infection rates.
Johnson gave a warning the day after the midnight announcement of a new closure in northern England and said the reopening of the casino, ice skating rink and bowling arena had been postponed, and the wedding reception had to be canceled.
“Our assessment is that we must now press the brake pedal to keep the virus under control.”
The change, combined with more stringent lockouts imposed on more than 4 million people in Greater Manchester, eastern Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire, is the biggest reversal of restrictions to date in the UK.
The UK’s Chief Health Officer, Chris Whitty, said the Government might have reached the limits of reopening society and the economy without causing an increase in the number of infections.
“We all know that what we have to try and do is reach the absolute edge of what we can do in terms of opening up society and the economy without getting to the point where the virus begins to take off again,” he said. .
More than 45,000 people in the UK have died from COVID-19, according to Government figures.
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