The health secretary has threatened to close all beaches in the UK, including Lytham St Annes and Blackpool following the crowding over the past few days.
It has been reported that after continuous crowding on beaches, drug use as seen on Lytham Green last night, and the lack of social distancing – the government are threatening to take immediate action.
Following a major incident on Bournemouth beach last night, the health secretary has stated on TalkRadio: “Well, we do have the power.
“I am reluctant to use it because people have had a pretty tough lockdown. Everybody should be able to enjoy the sunshine.
“We do have those powers – and if we see a spike in the number of cases, then we will take action.”
Chris Whitty, England’s cheif medical officer and the face we have seen continuously through the coronavirus pandemic, posted to twitter last night: “COVID-19 has gone down due to the efforts of everyone but is still in general circulation.
“If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again. Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe for all.”
Following the scenes last night on Lytham Green, police struggled to control the crowds causing chaos. Locals plead the government to take action as this cannot continue to happen all summer.
It is understandable that young people want to get out and have a good time. However, during a pandemic which is still on-going, not cleaning up after themselves, and blatantly taking drugs out in the open on our doorstep – it is unacceptable.
Although there are public signs across the country at beach locations telling visitors to “go home if it’s too busy”, the young people continue to ignore it and believe that they are invincible when facing the virus.
Although seaside resorts like Blackpool rely on the tourism, with a lot of takeaway food places and shops along the promenade, finally taking in money after lockdown; the behaviour is unacceptable and the crowds are a worry for locals. If this continues we will see a definite rise in coronavirus cases/deaths.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told tourist destinations such as Lytham St Annes and Blackpool, to “show some guts and… champion their communities as venues for people to return to and support”. As restrictions are eased, this is allowing the out-of-towners to ‘run loose’ and wreak havoc on our towns – with police and local council unable to control the crowds.
MP Peter Kyle pressed Boris Johnson on this matter and tweeted yesterday: “I truly wish our prime minister listened to constructive advice. His irresponsibility has consequences.
“Locals of tourist destinations have attempted to turn away tourists in the hope of protecting their beaches/towns.
It seems that the torrential rain and thunderstorms this weekend are our only hope of keeping the Green and our beaches safe.
Locals have hope that with enough force, the council will take action and create certain restrictions on hot days.