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People are “taking too many liberties” as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, Boris Johnson has said after thousands of people flocked the beaches.

The prime minister urged Britons to refrain from “mingling too much and not observing social distancing”.

A major incident was declared in one south coast city after hordes of sun-seekers flocked to the seaside on Thursday.



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Speaking on Friday, Mr Johnson said: “Let me be very clear about the scenes in Bournemouth – it’s very important for people to understand if you look at what’s happening elsewhere in the world where people have been coming out of lockdown.

“I’m afraid what you’re also seeing is people taking too many liberties with the guidance, mingling too much, not observing social distancing.

“In some parts of the world – I won’t name them – you’ve got really serious spikes in the instances of the diseases.”

The prime minister urged people to follow the rules until they change in England next Saturday.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: A fire engine struggles through the crowds on the promenade on June 25, 2020 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. A major incident was declared by the local council as thousands flocked to Bournemouth and the Dorset coast. The UK is experiencing a summer heatwave, with temperatures in many parts of the country expected to rise above 30C and weather warnings in place for thunderstorms at the end of the week. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
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Crowds descended on Bournemouth to soak up the sun

“It’s crucial people understand that on 4 July we get this right and we do this in a balanced way and we recognise the risks,” he said.

“You may think you’re not going to get it and you’re immortal and invincible and so on. And very likely that’s true, particularly if you’re a young person.

“But the bug you carry can kill elderly people particularly. It’s still dangerous. The virus is still out there.”

Downing Street signaled there are no plans to close beaches, as the health secretary suggested, and that it is up to councils to step in and manage over-crowded destinations.

The prime minister’s spokesman did add that local lockdowns could come into force if rates of the virus shoot up, but not preemptively.

George Eustice, the environment secretary, conceded to Sky News that “clearly people didn’t heed” two-metres social distancing after the beach overcrowding scenes and illegal raves in London.

“It’s inevitably the case that as you start to ease these restrictions and you drop some, the ones that are left sometimes look inconsistent with that,” he said.

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