George Eustice warns of ‘partial lockdown’ if social distance not kept on beaches during hot weather

The UK’s Environment Secretary, George Eustice, warned that the Government has the power to go back to a ‘partial lockdown’ if necessary, despite being ‘reluctant’ to do so.

It comes as thousands have flocked to beaches and beauty spots on Thursday – the hottest day of the year so far – prompting a major incident to be declared in Bournemouth.

He reminded the public to ‘exercise their common sense and keep their distance.’

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Mr Eustice added that he went to Bournemouth beach a few weeks ago and saw people following social distancing rules.

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