Downing Street has confirmed that localized barriers could be used to close beaches after thousands of people gathered on the south coast this week.
Police and local authorities had to declare an emergency, and two divisional orders were used to get people off the beach after mass gatherings in places like Dorset, Kent, Devon, the Northeast, and South Wales.
Two fights of up to 200 people were filmed on a beach in Exmouth, Devon, and three people were stabbed in Bournemouth.
Tons of garbage are left in beauty spots. A WHO special representative said the meetings could lead to spikes in Covid 19 cases.
Matt Hancock said that if the scenes were repeated, the government could intervene to close the beaches.
When asked about the situation on the beaches, a Downing Street spokesman said at a Westminster briefing: “Everyone should be able to enjoy the sunshine and we understand that people want to enjoy public spaces, but it is important that we cannot undo the hard work of the UK public in reducing the transmission of this virus.
“It is up to the local authorities to manage the numbers in addition to the emergency services and Public Health England.
“As we saw yesterday, they are best able to make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.
“We were aware that as the number of cases increased, we would introduce local locks.”
When asked whether the government would close beaches, spokesman number 10 said: “It is up to the local authorities to manage the numbers.
“I think Matt Hancock’s speech referred to local lock enforcement powers, which we were consistently aware of, as the number of cases increases in a particular area, may need to be.”