Sunday, April 5, 2020

Cyclists and exercise enthusiasts ignore lockdown order as they take to the streets in UK

Thousands of Brits ignored the strict lockdown rules yesterday to sunbathe during a mini heatwave, forcing a park in London to close.

Police in the UK capital were also forced to break up an 18th birthday attended by 25 guests who flouted the social distancing guidelines set out by the government amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Brockwell Park will shut today after 3,000 people descended on the green space - despite the UK's chief nurse begging Brits to stay at home in memory of two hero nurses who lost their lives fighting coronavirus.

In a tweet, Lambeth Council said locals had ignored "clear instructions" and the council would shut Brockwell Park "for the wider safety of the public".

Pictures show people clearly ignoring social distancing guidelines and sunbathing, some in large groups.

And police in Newham, East London, busted a birthday party ordering some 25 guests to go home, tweeting: "This family thought law relating to social distancing shouldn’t apply to 18th birthday parties. 25 guests moved on."

In Clapham Common, police were seen reminding groups of sunbathing Brits of their social distancing responsibilities.

The Rickmansworth Aquadrome in Hertfordshire was also forced to close its car park.

Police were also out in force in Brighton in case Brits descend on the seaside town to enjoy the mini heatwave.

In Regents Park, cyclists were snapped riding close together in the sunshine against government advice to keep 2m apart.

Groups of people could also be seen running and stretching their legs in the busy central London park as temperatures rise to 20C today.

In Paddington, a group of men were pictured working out in a tight-knit group while others, who appeared to be personal trainers, gave them advice.

Some were seen using resistance bands anchored to a wall without gloves on.

Cops have warned anyone who refuses to follow the UK's lockdown guidelines this weekend will be arrested.