THE UK government has banned public sunbathing in parks today, after it was deemed to not be essential during the coronavirus pandemic.
Outrage was sparked at the weekend as thousands of people flocked to public parks to spend some time in the sun, going against government guidance.
One park in London was forced to be closed by authorities due to flouters seeking some sun. Lambeth said it decided to shut Brockwell Park near Brixton after 3,000 people descended on it to enjoy the warm weather.
The Met Office confirmed that warmer-than-average temperatures of around 75.2ºF (24ºC) are forecast for Wednesday and Thursday in southern England.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “People should not be going to parks or beaches to sunbathe. It goes against our rules on essential movement.
“We did set out very clearly the reasons why people should leave their houses and sunbathing was not one of them.
“We gave the police powers to implement those guidelines and it’s up to them to exercise discretion over how they do so.”