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Public warned not to take risks this weekend

by LLB Reporter
16th May 20 11:45 am

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned the public not to take unnecessary risks this weekend by rushing to parks and beaches.

Speaking at Downing Street on Friday, Hancock said, “This weekend, with the good weather and the new rules, I hope people can enjoy being outside.

“But please stick with the rules, keep an eye on your family and don’t take risks.”

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have warned that there are no lifeguards across the 240 beaches they patrol, as lifeguard provisions have been suspended.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister eased lockdown restrictions and police forces, park authorities and tourist boards are urging the public to be cautious.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Walker, of Cleveland Police, said, “As we move into a new phase of eased restrictions and many of us are now able to spend more time outdoors, personal responsibility is now key.

“Please think carefully about where you are going and how you will be able to keep your distance from others.”

Last week, Mike France, senior executive officer of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, said, “Just because the government says you can go out, it doesn’t mean you should.”

He warned, “No matter how much exercise people have been taking at home, in their gardens or local to home during lockdown, most of them may not be as hill fit as they were three months ago.”

Carmen Appich, chairwoman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said, “If thousands of people travel to our city on a sunny day and don’t or are unable to maintain safe physical distancing because of overcrowding, this increases the risk of a Covid outbreak and puts everyone at risk.”

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