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Parks busy despite lockdown as many head out to enjoy the sun

Plenty of people were out enjoying the sunshine on Saturday despite government pleas to stay home.

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By admin , in England , at April 5, 2020

Plenty of people were out enjoying the sunshine on Saturday despite government pleas to stay home.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock were among those who urged the public not to go outdoors this weekend after warmer weather was forecast, with 18C (64.4F) possible on Sunday.

But pictures from parks and beaches across the UK seemed to suggest some just could not resist the temptation to leave their homes on Saturday, with blue skies above much of the country.

Image: People by the lake in Regents Park on Saturday
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: A man reads by the lake in Regents Park on April 04, 2020 in London, England. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 60,000 lives and infecting over 1 million people. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
Image: This man was keeping to himself in Regents Park

And while most at least appeared to be keeping their distance from others, not everybody appeared to be respecting official guidance regarding when people should be going outside.

The government says people should not be leaving the house unless their work requires them to do so, to shop for essential supplies such as food, to exercise once a day, or for health reasons.

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Mr Hancock said on Friday: "This is not advice, these are instructions."

But gatherings were seen in Regents Park, London Fields, Battersea Park and other green spaces in London, with thousands said to have flouted advice at one park in the south of the capital.

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SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - APRIL 04: Cyclists and a couple with their dog enjoy the sun along the seafront on April 04, 2020 in southend on Sea, England. Southend Seafront parking has been suspended in effort to deter visitors to the seafront this weekend as the weather improves and ahead of the coming Bank Holiday weekend. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to many countries across the world, claiming over 50,000 lives and infecting over 1 million people. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty
Image: Cyclists and a couple with their dog enjoy the sun along the seafront in Southend

Brockwell Park has said it will be closed on Sunday because so many visitors had ignored social distancing.

On Twitter, the park said: "Despite clear advice, over 3,000 people spent today in Brockwell Park, many of them sunbathing or in large groups. This is unacceptable."

The local council later added: "We are sorry we've had to take this decision. This wouldn't need to happen if people followed the clear instructions from the government.

"We are doing this for the wider safety of the public, a minority of people have not followed the guidance and so regrettably we have had to act."

Police officers monitor as people take their daily exercise in Greenwich Park in south London on April 4, 2020, as life continues in the city during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Britain on Friday reported a record 684 new COVID-19 deaths in its daily update, as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus climbed by 4,450 on the previous 24 hours. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Police officers were on patrol in Greenwich Park

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