Portsmouth police move on 50 people sunbathing during coronavirus lockdown

POLICE in Portsmouth have rapped dozens of people for sunbathing on the city’s beach in breach of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 6:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 7:22 am

Officers from the city’s police force said they have moved on 50 people who were still flouting rules designed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The illness has already killed 6,159 people in the UK, with today marking the highest number of deaths in a single day Britain, with 786 people losing their lives.

In a message on Facebook, Portsmouth police said: ‘It is great to see so many people following the guidelines however sadly [officers] had to move on over 50 people who were sunbathing and relaxing on the beach.

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‘Please do not head down to the beach to sunbathe as this is against the government guidelines.’

Last week health secretary Matt Hancock said it was ‘mission-critical’ that people followed social distancing rules to protect the NHS and slow the spread of coronavirus.

He threatened more stringent measures could be implemented if people continued to flout the rules and did not rule out a full-lockdown.

Currently, people are allowed to go out to buy food, exercise or to work if they cannot do so from home.

‘The more people follow the rules then the faster we will all be through this,’ Mr Hancock said.

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