Coronavirus: Packed beaches see government urged to ban people travelling more than five miles

Derrick Santistevan

People must be prohibited from travelling more than five miles after “awful scenes” on beaches in Dorset over the weekend, a council leader has actually stated.

3 people were seriously hurt after delving into the sea from the limestone arch of Durdle Door on Saturday, with thousands having actually come down on seaside locations to enjoy the hot weather.

It followed Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed recently that a few of England’s coronavirus lockdown steps would be unwinded within days, permitting up to 6 people to fulfill outdoors.

A male leaps from Durdle Door recently

However Councillor Vikki Slade, the leader of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, recommended travel constraints must be tightened up in England to put it in line with Scotland and Wales.

She stated she had actually seen people flouting social distancing guidelines in her district, with prohibited parking, extensive barbecues and council personnel being abused when setting about their work.

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Cllr Slade likewise declared that a lot of those on the beaches in her location had actually taken a trip from in other places.

“Three weeks ago, following the prime minister’s announcement that people could travel wherever they liked as long as they did not stay out overnight, we discussed the possibility of limiting travel distance,” she stated.

“We were told clearly that this was not possible.”

Cllr Slade stated the council had actually asked authorities for additional assistance in imposing social distancing – however had actually been informed “we are policed by consent and that this is not practical”.

People defied the closure of the beach at Durdle Door on Sunday. Picture: Purbeck Cops

The council has actually likewise been asked to to stop regional citizens and councillors from calling the authorities with their issues about events, groups and guideline breaches, Cllr Slade declared.

“We saw the most awful scenes in Durdle Door with the arrival of two helicopters to deal with the stupidity of people jumping from the top of cliffs, cheered and clapped by thousands of beach-goers,” she continued.

” We saw the kettling of people to offer space to the helicopters and the carefully- packed courses as people were informed to leave.

” We have actually seen crowds on our beaches, in big groups plainly not from the very same family, we have actually had council officers spat at, mistreated and frightened as they tackle their work, and I am asking you all to return to ministers in Westminster and ask to put a travel constraint on England, as they have actually performed in Wales and Scotland.

“In those devolved nations you can only travel five miles from home for reasons other than work or risk fines, and I am asking that a similar policy is brought in for England with immediate effect.”

Durdle Door arch, the popular beauty area and close-by Lulworth Cove, was closed after the 3 men who delved into the sea were seriously hurt.

However scores of people still defied efforts to shut the beach on Sunday, and so-called “tombstoners” might even be seen leaping from the 200 feet high sea arch.

Dorset Council was due to review the closure of the beach on Monday.

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