Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned that sunbathers could send the UK back to “square one” in the coronavirus battle.
When speaking at the daily press conference updating on the virus, Hancock expressed concern over those sunbathing.
He said: “Let’s not go back to square one. We can all play our part in the national effort.”
Temperatures have soared in the UK this week, with the good weather set to continue over the Bank Holiday weekend.
The weather has prompted many to hit beaches and coastal areas.
Even to the dismay of residents of traditional holiday destinations.
Police Chiefs Concern
The increase in people heading to the beaches has raised the concerns of police chiefs.
Many senior officers believe that the levels of sunbathing witnessed, has shown that many are relaxing too soon over lockdown.
Half term will also begin tomorrow for the children who have continued to going to school.
Ramadan will also come to an end this weekend.
Muslim families will now look to celebrate Eid, which traditionally means meeting up with family members.
Unlimited Outdoor Time
On May 10 in his national address, Boris Johnson said that people now have unlimited outdoor exercise time.
It is now permitted to meet with someone from another household, if the two metre social distancing guideline is observed.
In reality this can be interpreted that its fine to spend time at the beach.
But the obvious danger is that this can lead to congestion, and many people not taking precautions.
R Rate Still Nearly at One
The latest R rate number was published by the Government Office for Science on 15 May.
It said that the rate was between 0.7 and one.
The R rate is the reproduction frequency, if one person is infected on a national scale.
If the rate is below one, then fewer people will be infected than who currently have the virus.