Beachgoer abandons trip as ‘people are on top of you and aren’t following rules’

Beachgoer abandons trip as 'people are on top of you and aren't following rules'

A beachgoer abandoned her day out as she complained people are “on top of you” and ‘not following the social distancing rules’.

People are being warned to observe social distancing and avoid packed beaches as temperatures surge around the UK.

One woman said she tried to spend a day at Bournemouth beach with her family and arrived early to make sure they could get a spot away from others.

But she said the beach continued to get busier and in the end they had to leave early and cut the day short because people were ‘coming on top of you’.

The woman told Sky News: “We did arrive early enough so that we would get a decent space for ourselves.

“But, as you can see how busy it has got, we’re now having to cut the day short and leave early.

“People just aren’t following rules, they’re just coming on top of you. It’s just too busy.”

The woman spoke to Sky News

By Friday afternoon, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council’s beach check app showed 19 of its 24 beaches under red alert, warning people to avoid the areas because safe social distancing was not possible.

A spokesperson for Bournemouth Council said if a section of the beach is coded red, their advice to visitors is to turn around and come back another day.

A BCP Council spokesperson told Mirror Online: “It’s not unusual for our area to get lots of visitors during the summer and we are very experienced in handling this.

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Lifeguards look out over the beach as people enjoy the hot weather at Bournemouth beach

People at Bournemouth beach, Dorset, on Friday

“We are working with our partner agencies and will be carefully monitoring the situation throughout the weekend. 

“To help keep residents and visitors safe, extra patrols are being put on at beaches, town centres and train stations. We have first aid stations in key locations, marshals to help with parking and there will be additional waste collection services.

“The BCP Council’s Beach App is also updated regularly in real time by seafront rangers who are constantly monitoring numbers on the ground.

A social distancing sign at Bournemouth Beach

Brits are enjoying an August heatwave

“If a section or several sections of the beach are coded in red, this means that social distancing is not possible.

“Our advice to visitors would be to avoid these areas, turn away and come back another day when it less busy, checking the app that morning.’’

The Met Office said Saturday’s temperatures will “rise well above average once again, with a peak around 36C across south-east England”.

It added that temperatures will be around average for the time of year across northern parts of the UK.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Temperatures will probably be peaking at 35C with a small chance of 36C – it is still very hot.”

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