Thousands of tourists crowd the beaches of the south coast
With 34 degrees and bright sunshine, thousands of day tourists traveled to the beaches on the south coast of England. In Bournemouth, the police spoke of a “major incident”, media reported “anti-social behavior”.
At 34 degrees, day trippers frolicked up close to Bournemouth beach. In the evening, football fans celebrated in Liverpool without following any corona rules. The British government is now warning that the virus does not allow exceptions.
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DBritish Health Minister Matt Hancock has threatened to close beaches for failure to comply with corona regulations. “The last thing people want is for the virus to come back,” Hancock told the broadcaster TalkRadio. The rules on social distance would have to be observed and a second pandemic wave prevented.
The virus does not care whether it is exceptionally a hot summer day. If the number of cases increases again, the government will act – even if Hancock said that it wanted to avoid beach closures. “We can’t go backwards … we have to stop this disease.”
Britain is the country in Europe that has been hardest hit by the corona pandemic. 308,000 people have been officially infected, and the authorities have registered over 43,000 deaths. Only recently Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted the strict contact restrictions in parts: on July 4, hairdressers, restaurants and pubs can finally open again – in Germany this has been the case since the beginning of May.