Police were called to Ruislip Lido yesterday (25 May) after reports of a ‘large group gathering’.
Hundreds of people can be seen on the beach in Ruislip Lido in images shared by Police on Twitter. People headed to the Lido as if it was a normal Bank Holiday Monday and did not distance themselves when sunbathing.
Hillingdon Police tweeted: “Police have been called to Ruislip Lido to reports of large group gathering.
The image shows people not adhering to the two metre ‘stay alert’ policy and sitting very close to one another in groups. The Police also said: “Please use common sense when it comes to social distancing.”
The tweet has been shared more than seven hundred times and has made national news. Someone commented saying: “Walked around the lake around 10am for my exercise and could see it building up to be chaos then, people in the water, beach packed, cars parking up the hill towards Miller & Carter. People really are doughnuts”.
The latest lockdown rules updated on the 22 May include the following things that were previously not allowed:
- spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines
- exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines
- use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
- go to a garden centre
(Image Credit: Met Police)