Brazen Brits ignore coronavirus advice and flock to parks, seaside and markets

Brazen Brits have been ignoring advice to shun social gathering and instead are oacking parks, seaside towns and markets this weekend.

With the glorious sunshine, Brits have been pictured drinking shoulder-to-shoulder outside pubs, enjoying ice creams and fish and chips at the coast and shopping in tightly-packed markets.

It comes after Boris Johnson asked for pubs, restaurants and cafes to close on Friday night and urged people to stay indoors and 'work from home where possible' again today.

Official advise from the government stated people should practice social distancing in a bid to prevent draconian measures having to be implemented across the country.

Despite this many people were seen in close proximity as day trippers hit some of the UK's most popular spots.

And now it's been announced that the number of people who have died from Covid-19 is now at 281 and the total number infected is at 5,683.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said people need to realise it "isn't a game" as Boris Johnson recommended those most at risk of contracting the deadly bug to stay at home for 12 weeks.

Speaking on Sky News Mr Jenrick said: "It is very serious.

"People need to follow that (medical) advice. If people don't follow that advice then clearly we'll have to consider other options, but none of us want to go down that route."

Celebrities have also been letting people know what they think.

Judy Murray, mother of tennis stars Andy and Jamie Murray, tweeted a simple message to "those relocating to the countryside" – a picture of a car and trailer with "Go home idiots" and "Covid-19" painted on the side.

Nevertheless, queues at gift shops and stores by the seaside were long today in Skegness, Lincolnshire, Whitby, North Yorkshire, Clevedon, North Somerset and other touristy settlements.

As the sun shone in Barry, south Wales, today, many headed for the beach.

Martin Thomas, a dad-of-two who travelled there, said: “I went to the Barry Island with my wife and son but as soon as we saw how many people there were we left and turned back.

"I thought it would be easy to stay apart from people on the beach but the car park was so busy it was like being in a tin of sardines.

"The queue for chips is hideous. I can't see why people really need to eat chips that much

"People really need to start listening to the government advice otherwise this whole situation is going to get worse."

The Scottish government has today criticised tourists for 'irresponsible behaviour' as many got in their caravans to try and 'escape' from the coronavirus.

In London, Columbia Road Flower Market was busy despite criticism from major Sadiq Khan who said Londoners needed to stay in to save lives.

Cumbria Police said despite Government advice to avoid non-essential travel, the Lake District and other tourist hotspots in the UK were experiencing an 'influx' of visitors.

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Officials at Snowdonia National Park said they couldn't remember "a busier day" than Saturday and hundreds of cars were lined up at the roadside at the foot of Pen Y Fan mountain in the Brecon Beacons.

Emyr Williams Snowdonia chief executive said: "The area has been overwhelmed with visitors.

"More worrying still is the significant crowding on the mountain summits and trails making it impossible to maintain effective social distancing."

It was all too much for people in nearby Bala, who daubed graffiti on the side of a vehicle parked near their famous lake.

But National Trust decided to close more of its estates, including most parts of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Whipsnade Zoo have also both closed in response to the government’s advice

"We have been asked by numerous visitors to stay open so our 120 acres of park can be used for exercise and fresh air whilst enjoying our unique collection of animals.

"But we have been reviewing the situation on a daily basis and we now feel it is our responsibility to be part of the national solution to stop the spread of this terrible virus,” said Yorkshire Wildlife Park chief executive John Minion.

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