Police were called yesterday (Wednesday, 20) after people flocked to a beach in East Sussex on the hottest day of the year.
Rother District Council put out a series of messages on social media yesterday pleading with the public to stay away from Camber Sands as it got increasingly busy.
The authority warned that people were still turning up despite the high tide allowing only a small section of beach available, making social distancing very difficult to maintain.
Unfortunately, with people allowed to travel for exercise there are no powers available to stop people from visiting the beach but we ask you to consider whether you can visit safely and whether you need to visit. Please help us to keep residents and visitors safe and stay away.
— Rother DC (@RotherDC) May 20, 2020
There were also reports that a number of other beaches across the county were experiencing the same influx of visitors.
Despite warnings, people continued to arrive and police had to be called to help close car parks.
Sussex Police said:
“Police are working with Rother District Council and other partners to keep the local community safe after a large influx of visitors to Camber Sands on Wednesday (May, 20).
“The sheer number of visitors has made social distancing very difficult to maintain.
“Officers are assisting with car park closures and engaging with the public to remind people of the importance of adhering to the government guidelines.
“We’re asking people to consider whether they can visit Camber Sands safely and whether they really need to visit the beach today.
“We understand it’s tempting to head to the beach and popular beauty spots in the sunny weather but please steer clear of places likely to become crowded.”
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