HM Coastguard say ‘stay off the beach’

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Her Majesty’s Coastguard has sent out an appeal to members of the public who are flouting COVID-19 warnings to stay at home.

After recceiving a number of calls reporting groups of people on beaches across the UK the maritime search and rescue unit issued a statement this morning.

Pete Mizen, assistant director for HM Coastguard, said: ‘The rules are very simple and can be found on the Government website.

‘Stay at home. The risk of spreading Coronavirus is huge and while you might be okay, the person you give it to may not.

‘Also, if you get into trouble and have to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you’re then putting frontline emergency responders at risk of COVID-19 too.

‘At this time of the year the beaches aren’t lifeguarded which is a double risk to you and our emergency responders. Help us to help you. Stay at home.’