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More hope for staycations as scientists say NO Covid outbreaks linked to crowded British beaches last year

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FRESH hope was sparked for British seaside holidays this morning, after it was revealed that there has by no means been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a crowded seaside.

Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious illness epidemiology on the College of Edinburgh, advised MPs through the the Science and Expertise Committee: “Over the summer season we had been handled to all this on the tv information and photos of crowded beaches, and there was an outcry about this.

Last summer, there was uproar over pictures of popular beaches like Durdle Door in Dorset packed with Brits

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Last summer season, there was uproar over photos of in style beaches like Durdle Door in Dorset filled with BritsCredit score: ©Graham Hunt

“There have been no outbreaks linked to crowded beaches, there’s by no means been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a seaside ever wherever on this planet to the most effective of my information.”

He stated that mass gatherings – such as a horse racing occasion – are an exception as a result of they don’t contain social distancing and there are “pinch factors” like journey and refreshment amenities.

He added: “I believe we do have to perceive the place the dangers are in order that we are able to do as a lot as doable safely.”

Last summer season, there was uproar over photos of in style beaches like Durdle Door in Dorset filled with Brits.

Professor Mark Woolhouse told MPs there had never been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a beach ever anywhere in the world

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Professor Mark Woolhouse advised MPs there had by no means been a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a seaside ever wherever on this planetCredit score: ©Graham Hunt

In Might, Police closed the seaside after turning into involved that it was turning into overcrowded, however guests merely drove across the cease indicators.

In August, police turned back drivers who joined two-mile queues at Camber Sands in East Sussex, Bournemouth and Lulworth in Dorset.

Beaches are at the moment solely open for locals to go to for train, with everybody else banned.

Nevertheless, there are hopes that out of doors day journeys and socialising might be talked about when Boris Johnson reveal’s his full roadmap for lockdown easing on Monday.

Tourists flocked to Fistral beach in Cornwall during last July's hot weather

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Vacationers flocked to Fistral seaside in Cornwall throughout last July’s scorching climateCredit score: SWNS:South West Information Service

Because the seaside is an out of doors exercise with loads of recent air — the place the virus finds it far tougher to unfold, there are hopes that journeys might be authorised early on within the lockdown raise.

Assembly a pal for a espresso outdoors is ready to be allowed on March 8 – however buddies should proceed to socially distance themselves.

The PM can also be poised to announce that folks might be allowed to picnic within the park with a pal or their family.

Present guidelines imply individuals could solely meet outdoor for train – whereas standing up.