COPS patrolled packed parks and beaches today as Brits headed out this weekend despite the Government’s stay at home pleas.
People keen for fresh air flocked to walking routes amid the third lockdown – before bad weather sweeps in tomorrow.
Cops talking to people in London’s Trafalgar SquareCredit: © 2021 Joshua Bratt
A popular spot, Victoria Park in east London was full of groups out for a strollCredit: London News Pictures
Bournemouth beach front was busy today as people enjoyed the sunny dayCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Although cold, it was a fine day to walk along the beach at TynemouthCredit: North News and Pictures
Cops were seen speaking to people to remind them of the rules while out and about.
Brits have been asked to stay at home as much as possible to beat the rise in Covid cases and deaths.
In Clapham, south London, groups were snapped walking around the common and queueing for coffees.
And at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, hikers piled into the car park ready for a breath of fresh air after spending all week at home.
The PM refused to be drawn on when Brits might see their freedoms returned when the national lockdown is eased.
Mr Johnson added: “It’s safest to assume you have Covid, so please, really think twice before leaving the house this weekend.”
Police patrolled London parks and hotspots to make sure everyone stuck to the rulesCredit: London News Pictures
People flocked to Bradgate Park in LeicestershireCredit: PA:Press Association
An officer ready to remind people of the rules in SouthendCredit: Nick Obank – The Sun
A pair exercising on the frosty grass at Bushy ParkCredit: Rex Features
Blackheath in south London saw plenty of people getting their daily exercise inCredit: London News Pictures
Police watching on as Brits out for some exercise stop at Trafalgar SquareCredit: © 2021 Joshua Bratt
And Home Secretary Priti Patel didn’t rule out hardening the lockdown rules further if the situation in hospitals doesn’t improve.
Asked whether the current rules go far enough, she said the focus was on enforcement but “all measures are under review”.
Currently there is not a limit on the amount of time people can spend exercising, but it can only be once a day.
They must be in a pair, with the only exceptions being for support and childcare bubbles, for children whose parents have separated, and for those who provide care to disabled or vulnerable people.
Only single households and parents living alone with children under the age of 13 are allowed to form a support bubble.
The issue was discussed by Nervtag, on Thursday and the group found that there was a “realistic possibility” the variant resulted in an increased risk of death.
However, scientists use the term “realistic possibility” when they are only 40 to 50 per cent confident something is true, Nervtag documents reveal.
Matt Hancock was recorded saying that the new South African strain may make Covid jabs 50 per cent less effective.
The Health Secretary said there was “evidence in the public domain” that suggests the new variant is more resistant to jabs, but cautioned that scientists are still carrying out tests.
The new variant is feared to have started with one person in Kent, and is now responsible for more and more cases across Britain.
Hyde Park was busy with walkers and cyclists todayCredit: PA:Press Association
Southend waterfront was full of pairs out for a walk in the chilly weatherCredit: Nick Obank – The Sun
Police were there to enforce the lockdown rules in central LondonCredit: © 2021 Joshua Bratt