Holidays in Wales have been thrown into doubt for English tourists – after masses descended on beaches across the south of the country yesterday.
Dorset Council was forced into triggering a “major incident”, with services “completely overstretched”, as thousands descended on Bournemouth beach.
Thousands were seen across Dorset and also Somerset as the hottest day of the year was recorded by the Met Office, with highs of 33C recorded.
But the scenes have left many shocked, with worried warnings from medical chiefs like Chris Whitty, the country’s leading Medical Officer, who warned people not to gather in mass groups.
In Birmingham, one rave last night was attended by 400 revellers, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock warning beaches and parks could be shut if mass gatherings do not stop.
Boris Johnson, meanwhile, has delivered a warning through the official Downing Street spokesperson, with No 10 warning a second lockdown has not been ruled out.
Across the border, meanwhile, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said any flouting of the lockdown rules and social distancing measures could see tourists’ holidays canned.
In Wales, the current guidance urges people to “stay local” i.e. within five minutes of their homes, and English tourists are not yet permitted to enter the country for a holiday.
But holidays in static caravans, rented cottages and self-contained accommodation have been teased by the nation, which is ready to gradually ease restrictions from July.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “We will not be able to continue easing restrictions if scenes like last night continue to happen.
“They threaten the health of people in Wales and undermine the sacrifices the majority of people have made during this ongoing crisis.”
In Wales yesterday, a car which had travelled from Birmingham was sent packing by local officers as police turned them back to England.