Public heeds Government advice on avoiding beaches despite warm weather

The public has appeared to heed Government advice on avoiding beaches and parks despite the UK experiencing its warmest day of the year so far.

Photographs taken on Saturday show only small numbers of people visiting what are normally popular destinations across England as temperatures peaked at 25.5C.

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Easter 2020: The UK in lockdown
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SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A woman sunbathes from the window above the Britannia Fish and Chip restaurant on the seafront on Good Friday on April 10, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 1.5 million people across the world have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, with over 7,000 fatalities recorded in the United Kingdom. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
LEIGH ON SEA, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A sign warning people to stay at least two metres apart on Two Tree Island nature reserve park on April 10, 2020 in Leigh on Sea, England. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 1.5 million people across the world have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, with over 7,000 fatalities recorded in the United Kingdom. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
On the first day of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and at the end of the second week of lockdown restrictions by the UK government, a family use their daily exercise entitlement to spend a warm afternoon near a stencil for keeping 2 metres apart in Ruskin Park in a public green space in the borough of Lambeth, on 10th April 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: A deserted Southend seafront promenade which would normally be bustling with the current sunny weather on Good Friday on April 10, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 1.5 million people across the world have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, with over 7,000 fatalities recorded in the United Kingdom. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: People walk past a hoarding which has been painted with the words "Well Done NHS" and hearts on Southend seafront promenade which would normally be bustling with the current sunny weather on Good Friday on April 10, 2020 in Southend on Sea, England. Public Easter events have been cancelled across the country, with the government urging the public to respect lockdown measures by celebrating the holiday in their homes. Over 1.5 million people across the world have been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, with over 7,000 fatalities recorded in the United Kingdom. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
Chalk writing telling people to stay away from Margate Beach is visible on an empty beach in Margate, Kent, during the Easter bank holiday weekend, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Unusually quiet north and southbound carriages on the A30 in Cornwall during the Easter bank holiday weekend, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People near the river Thames in Windsor, Berkshire, during the Easter bank holiday weekend, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People on the Long Walk at Windsor Castle, Berkshire, during the Easter bank holiday weekend, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Staff at Blair Drummond Safari Park give their meerkats rainbow coloured Easter eggs filled with enrichments. The park is closed to the public at the moment as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People walk on the Tolcarne beach in Newquay on the north coast of Cornwall, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A view of the M25 motorway near Heathrow as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Composite photo of people enjoying the hot weather at a busy Bournemouth beach, Dorset, during the Easter bank holiday weekend 20/04/19 (top), and the near deserted beach today (bottom), as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
People walk along a near deserted Bournemouth beach, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Police officers patrol the sea front in a police car on Bournemouth beach, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The M5 motorway in Worcester, Worcestershire, which is normally busy during the Easter bank holiday getaway, is quiet as the UK continues in lockdown to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Embargoed to 0001 Saturday April 11 The Rev Peter Sutton records the Easter Sunday sermon in the Memorial chapel at the Parish Church of St Cuthbert in Edinburgh, the church has been streaming sermons as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Composite image showing an empty beach in Scarborough (top) dated date Saturday April 11, 2020 and the same scene (bottom) taken in 2019 over the Easter weekend, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A runner passes street art in appreciation of the NHS placed near to the Francis Drake Bowls Club in Hilly Fields Park, in Lewisham, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
A man jogs on New Brighton Beach near Liverpool as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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It came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the Easter weekend would be a "test of the nation's resolve" as he warned the public to "stay at home" amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Met Office said St James's Park in central London recorded the highest temperature of the day, followed by Yeovilton in Somerset, which saw the mercury rise to 25.2C.

Visitors to London's newly reopened Victoria Park were played recorded messages urging them to follow social distancing measures, while mounted police and wardens patrolled the area.

Tower Hamlets council came under intense criticism three weekends ago after pictures showed a local market in the park bustling with people despite despite Government guidance.

It prompted the park to shut for a fortnight, before reopening on Saturday with new restrictions including a ban on picnics and sunbathing.

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Wardens use a megaphone to issue advice at Victoria Park, east London (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Elsewhere, photographs show an almost empty beach at the popular seaside town of Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

An image of the same spot taken during the Easter weekend of 2019 shows the beach packed with members of the public.

In a tweet, North Yorkshire Police said: "We're really pleased that most of our roads, towns, beaches & beauty spots were mainly quiet today so a big thank you to everyone in North Yorkshire who stayed at home."

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An empty Scarborough beach on Saturday, compared with how it looked during the 2019 Easter weekend (Danny Lawson/PA)

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council thanked the public for staying at home and avoiding its beaches.

The council said in a tweet: "Normally, on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend, many of us would be flocking to the beach. Instead our beaches are free from crowds. Thank you for staying at home "

Other police forces issued messages on social media throughout the day reminding people to stay at home despite the good weather.

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A taped-off bench in Victoria Park (Stephen Jones/PA)

Cumbria Police tweeted: "The good weather this Bank Holiday can be enjoyed from your front and back gardens – but please take care not to mix with other households. You could be putting your family and others at risk."

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said the warm weather is likely to continue into Sunday, with temperatures peaking at around 25C in the capital.

While most of the day will be clear and sunny, he said there is a risk of showers across parts of East Anglia and the Midlands during the afternoon.

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New Brighton Beach near Liverpool (Peter Byrne/PA

Speaking at the daily press conference about the importance of keeping to the lockdown rules on Friday, Mr Hancock said: "This Easter will be another test of the nation's resolve. It's a time of year when people normally come together.

"But however warm the weather, however tempting your local beach or park, we need everyone to stay at home."

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