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Bournemouth Beach becomes no go danger zone due to overcrowding

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Bournemouth Beach becomes no go danger zone due to overcrowding

As Brits up and down the country made the most of the current mini heatwave, beaches have been at their busiest.

One area in the south coast of England was forced to label  its beaches as  ‘red alert – because of the sheer size of crowds that descended there today ( August 8).

Our sister site Somerset Live reports that the vast majority of Bournemouth beach is now a no go zone.

The Beach Check app, operated by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, slapped red alerts on numerous beaches within its remit, indicating that people should avoid them because “safe social distancing [is] not possible”.

The Sandbanks beach in Poole, as well as the stretches of Bournemouth beach at Alum Chine and Durley Chine, were already been hit with the red alert warning before 10am on Saturday, along with Mudeford Quay and Avon Beach around Christchurch.

By this afternoon Somerset Live   reported that most of Bournemouth beach was deemed unsafe- with only some small stretches remaining on orange alert.

Mirror Online also reports that new figures reveal that the  R rate in the South West could have climbed above 1 – meaning the number of coronavirus cases may be on the rise.

A Bournemouth Council spokesperson told Mirror Online : “It’s not unusual for our area to get lots of visitors during the summer and we are very experienced in handling this.

“We are working with our partner agencies and will be carefully monitoring the situation throughout the weekend.

“To help keep residents and visitors safe, extra patrols are being put on at beaches, town centres and train stations. We have first aid stations in key locations, marshals to help with parking and there will be additional waste collection services.

“The BCP Council’s Beach App is also updated regularly in real time by seafront rangers who are constantly monitoring numbers on the ground.

“If a section or several sections of the beach are coded in red, this means that social distancing is not possible.

“Our advice to visitors would be to avoid these areas, turn away and come back another day when it less busy, checking the app that morning.’’

After yesterday’s scorching heat, The Met Office said today’s temperatures would “rise well above average once again, with a peak around 36C across South East England”.

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