Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that beaches will be closed if the public continue to flout social distancing guidelines.
Speaking on Talk Radio, Hancock was asked if he will consider closing some beaches, he said, “Well, we do have that power.
“I am reluctant to use it because people have had a pretty tough lockdown.
“Everybody should be able to enjoy the sunshine. The key is to do it with respect. Stay with your households. Stay a good distance from other households.
“We all want to be outside and enjoying the glorious sunshine but if you are heading out please do it safely and stick to social distancing rules.
“We are making real progress in tackling this virus and we don’t want to undo everyone’s hard work. Please stay alert and save lives.
“Outside is safer than inside. So, you have got to respect the rules. Respect the fact that social distancing is still important.
“We do have those powers – and if we see a spike in the number of cases, then we will take action.”
Chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty warned people to apply social distancing, or they risk causing a second wave.
He tweeted, “Covid-19 has gone down due to the efforts of everyone but is still in general circulation.
“If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again.
“Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun, but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.”