CROWDS have headed to beaches and parks today despite Boris Johnson’s pleas for people to stay at home during the lockdown.
Brits made the most of their first weekend in the new lockdown and wandered outside for their permitted daily exercise.
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Hardwick Park in Sedgefield in County Durham packed full of peopleCredit: BackGrid
Local authority covid marshals patrolling the seafront at BrightonCredit: Brighton Pictures
Members of the public enjoy a walk through Victoria Park in east London Credit: London News Pictures
People out and about in a busy Greenwich Park, London, this afternoon Credit: London News Pictures
Hyde Park in London was heaving with families taking their daily strolls this afternoon, while Covid marshals patrolled along Brighton’s seafront.
Despite the tough lockdown restrictions, Brits are still allowed to exercise outdoors once a day.
But the Prime Minister has urged people to stay at home as much as possible as the mutant strain of coronavirus rips through the country.
With many people in city centres like London living without access to gardens, taking a walk in a local park is the only lockdown respite.
Today, people wrapped up in hats and scarves, braving the winter weather to have their Sunday stroll.
Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, County Durham packed full of people enjoying time in the snowCredit: BackGrid
Members of the public enjoying a stroll in a busy Richmond Park in south-west London todayCredit: London News Pictures
Hyde Park in London was heaving with people todayCredit: London News Pictures
Brits are allowed to exercise once a day during the lockdownCredit: London News Pictures
Prime Minister has urged people to stay at home as much as possibleCredit: London News Pictures
During the lockdown, you are allowed to exercise on your own, with one other person, or within your household or support bubble.
But the Government has advised people to only exercise within their local area – and to not travel far from their homes.
Rules also say that you should limit your exercise to once a day.
You are allowed to exercise in outdoor places including parks, beaches, forests, public gardens, heritage sites, and playgrounds.
Meanwhile, every adult is on course to get the Covid vaccine by autumn with 200,000 Brits already getting jabbed each day, Matt Hancock said today.
The Health Secretary unveiled the UK’s “exit strategy” out of the pandemic and revealed 350million doses of the vaccine are on order.
The Prime Minister has urged Brits to stay at home as much as possible Credit: London News Pictures
Police called to Hyde Park, LondonCredit: London News Pictures
Hyde Park was heaving with people on the first Sunday of the new lockdownCredit: London News Pictures
Some people appeared to be ignoring the new rules by gathering in groups and sitting rather than exercising in Hampstead Heath, LondonCredit: Alamy Live News
And he said he hopes every adult will have received the jab by autumn this year as part of the biggest vaccination programme ever.
But he refused to speculate on whether the lockdown rules could be strengthened amid claims from scientists they are “too lax” in stopping the spread.
Scientists believe the measures do not go far enough to stop cases exploding and are instead calling for a “total clampdown”.
Covid cases today jumped by more than 50,000 for the 13th day in a row as deaths rose by 563 – pushing the total number of victims to more than 81,000.
There are now 3,072,349 people infected with the disease in the UK after 54,950 tested positive.
Deaths have continued to rise with the latest toll pushing the total number to 81,431.
Today’s figure is the third-highest Sunday rise in deaths and there is a usually a lag in reporting at the weekend.
Covid marshals patrol the busy seafront at BrightonCredit: London News Pictures
Despite a national lockdown currently enforced in Scotland, Portobello promenade and beach was busy todayCredit: Alamy Live News
Families took their daily walk in Greenwich ParkCredit: London News Pictures
Victoria Park in London was rammed with people todayCredit: London News Pictures
The car park in Hardwick Park in Sedgefield in County Durham was fullCredit: BackGrid