Health authorities always recommend keeping two meters between each person to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A distance not really respected this Thursday.
In the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, local authorities considered these rallies as a “major incident”. The heat wave that hit Europe pushed the British en masse on the beaches on Thursday, which led to police interventions to disperse them.
Temperatures reached 33.3 ° C at London Heathrow Airport, making Thursday the hottest day of the year according to weather reports, which they expected to see the thermometer approach Wales’ records. .
In a statement, the city council of the seaside resort of Bournemouth, in the South, deplored an attitude “irresponsible” and “shocking”.
Over 33 tonnes of garbage collected
According to him, the local services had to issue more than 500 fines for illegal parking and were faced with violations of the ban on camping as well as verbal abuse by the public. More than 33 tonnes of garbage were picked up on the coast Thursday morning.
“We are not in a position to welcome as many visitors currently (…). PLEASE, do not come, we are not ready to welcome you”, pleaded the president of the municipal council, Vikki Slade , in this release.
Social distancing always recommended
Health authorities are currently recommending keeping two meters between each person to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 43,000 people in the UK, the heaviest death toll in Europe.
This distance will be reduced to one meter to allow the reopening of pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas on July 4, but on condition that measures to reduce the risk, such as special protective equipment or ventilation, are put in place. square.
“We are still in the midst of a health crisis and so many people visiting our area are increasing the pressure on our emergency services,” said local police official Sam de Reya.
A heat wave in Europe
Mercury panicked in much of Europe this week due to a mass of hot air from Africa, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the Scandinavian countries.
This heat wave, the first since the arrival of the coronavirus in the lives of Europeans, should not last with a drop in temperatures expected by the weekend.