LONDON – Tens of thousands of them descended on Britain’s southern beaches and crowded into city parks. Hundreds of them frolicked in swamps and streams. she attacked police officers who tried to disperse illegal block parties. And hundreds were stuck in the Wadden Sea trying to reach the sea at low tide.
On Friday, the third sultry day in a row in a country where many houses are not air-conditioned, the message was clear: many Britons had finished the blockade.
Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a significant easing of the restrictions This week, which has been declared the end of a “long national hibernation”, all pubs, restaurants and cafes will remain closed until July 4th, leaving the public with few venues to enjoy their newly discovered freedom.
“It’s like an avalanche of people everywhere,” said Rachel Cox, 55, a Notting Hill resident in west London, who said she was woken up on Thursday evening by the sound of party guests throwing various items at police officers. “It’s as if the last three months of fear and caution about the coronavirus have gone overnight.”
This week, numerous officials were attacked when they tried to fight illegal street parties. At least 22 officers were injured in South London on Wednesday evening when they were attacked with bottles and other items while aborting an unauthorized music event.
Under the new government guidance, groups of up to six people can meet outdoors. But every night hundreds of people gathered on Portobello Road in Notting Hill to enjoy group drinks, block parties, music events and raves.
Although the number of deaths and new infections with coronaviruses has decreased significantly in the past few weeks, scientists have warned that complacency with social distancing measures could trigger a second wave of the virus. Britain has the third highest confirmed coronavirus deaths worldwide Over 43,000 deaths and over 300,000 reported infections.
“We’ve been crammed together for so long, and I think it’s understandable that while the virus is under control, people just want to go out and have fun,” said Amy Hodge, a 21-year-old design student who took part in a small one Street party in West London on Thursday. “It was very mild and cold. Not everyone wants to cause trouble. “
Although the heat spell that brought temperatures into the high 80s is likely to wane on Saturday, police patrols will increase over the weekend and all unauthorized gatherings will be disbanded, London police chief Cressida Dick said on Friday.
“These events are illegal,” she said. “They shouldn’t happen, and it’s totally unacceptable for our officers who simply do their duty to be attacked in this way.”
In the seaside resort of Bournemouth, A serious incident has been reported Thursday, after emergency teams were deployed to deal with overcrowding, traffic jams, and anti-social behavior that included dumping garbage, fighting, urinating, and bowel movements in public.
The beaches in the area usually accommodate a lot of people. However, many of their resources, including public bathrooms, are still unavailable due to corona virus restrictions.
Under normal circumstances, “the pubs are open, the cafes are open, the hotels are open, people don’t just gather here, they don’t bring large amounts of alcohol with them,” Vicki Slade, director of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council said in a statement on Thursday.
“The behavior of people who park in the middle of roundabouts and sidewalks, people who feces in a box on the beach and leave it up to our employees to refuse to refuse collectors who are abused for their work,” she said made it unprecedented and so we had to take action. “
Hundreds of beach goers in the coastal city of Weston was caught in cotton wool when they tried to reach the sea at low tide. Images shared on social media showed women who had difficulty carrying children out of the swampy grounds, and the Weston-super-Mare Coast Guard said she was called on Thursday 55 times to save people who are stuck in the mud.
In South Wales, where restrictions are still in place, there was a violent brawl on a beach on Thursday – a scene that an official called “contagion with stupidity.” The BBC reported.
The country’s health minister, Matt Hancock, threatened to close beaches if social detachment measures continued to be violated.
“We have this power,” he said. “I hesitate to use it because people have had a pretty hard lock and I want everyone to be able to enjoy the sunshine. But the key is to do it in accordance with the rules. “
Thousands of Liverpool football fans gathered on Thursday evening to celebrate their Premier League victory, despite the police having asked them to stay at home. Cheering fans took to the streets outside the team’s stadium in north-west England, where they sang, danced and lit fireworks.
Liverpool was disproportionately affected by the corona virus, and the city’s mayor, Joe Anderson, said it was disappointing that so many fans had ignored the pandemic guidelines.
“Not all of them, but most of them, gathered to celebrate and drink,” he told the BBC’s Today Program. “It’s disappointing, it’s absolutely disappointing, just like seeing the scenes on Bournemouth beach.”
The weather cooled somewhat on Friday, but the London parks were still full of large groups frolicking, sunbathing and exercising.
“Thousands of people shouldn’t sit on top of each other on the beach, and the parks shouldn’t be as crowded during a pandemic,” said Anton Bregman, a West London dancer, as he meandered through groups of people in Hyde’s parks on his Roller skates.
“However, I get the frustration,” he said. “I mean, we can go out now, but everything is still closed. Where should we all go?”