Temperatures could skyrocket this weekend, with health chiefs fearing a 68F mini heatwave at the start of the Easter holidays. And it is feared many will be lured outside to enjoy the good weather, and flout Government rules. As a result, Brighton and Hove City Council leader Nancy Platts has urged people not to travel to the coast this weekend.
Councillor Platts said: “With the weekend upon us, and sunshine and warmer weather in prospect, it’s tempting to want to get outside to let off steam and relax.
“But it’s crucial we protect the NHS, protect our residents, and don’t let our guard slip.
“That’s why I’m reiterating this vital message: Don’t travel to Brighton and Hove this weekend.
“Nobody wants to tell people to stay away from the city we love and are proud to call home, least of all me as the leader of the council, but we have to take this action.”
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People have been advised not to visit Brighton and Hove despite good weather
The police will have the power to impose fines on those found breaking the lockdown rules
Cllr Platts added Brighton and Hove would welcome visitors back to the city later in the year.
But for now, she said, it was vital to stay at home and save lives.
A Met Office forecast has said the weather over the weekend will be dry, pleasant and sunny.
However, the police have echoed the message of Cllr Platts, warning people to stay indoors.
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The police could caution, fine or even arrest people who break the rules
Police forces could even patrol local beauty spots to deter visitors from taking in the weather.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who remains in quarantine for the illness, has told people they must stick to the regulations.
In a video from his Number 11 office, where is isolated, he said: “I just want to say one crucial thing, one quick thing to everybody thinking about this weekend and what may be some fine weather.
“I reckon a lot of people will be starting to think that is all going on for quite a long time and would rather be getting out there, particularly if you’ve got kids in the household, everyone may be getting a bit stir crazy there may be just a temptation to get out there, hang out and start to break the regulations.
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People are being advised to stay at home
Some people have been breaking the lockdown rules to enjoy the sunshine
“I just urge you not to do that. Please, please stick with the guidance now.
“This country has made a huge, huge sacrifice, done absolutely brilliantly well in delaying the spread of the virus. Let’s stick with it now.”
The police are also ready to use new powers under the Coronavirus Act to stop people from going out unnecessarily.
Section 21 of the Coronavirus Act says it is illegal to fail to comply with the instructions of police officers without a reasonable excuse.
People can now face on the spot fines of £60 for not adhering to police rules.
These fines can accelerate to £1000 if caught on a repeat offence.
Ken March, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, issued a stark warning: “I don’t doubt more people will be out.
The stay at home, save lives advice has continued throughout the lockdown
“There are pockets of people not taking the rules on board and if there are gatherings in parks or any area where we feel there are groups of more than two or three people, they will be spoken to and dealt with very rapidly.
“First it will be a conversation, and if they don’t adhere to that there will be fines and, yes, there could be arrests.”
The Government have continually urged people to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.