- Title: Spring sunshine draws Londoners to riverbanks, making social distancing hard
- Date: 5th April 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 5, 2020) (REUTERS) SIGN NEAR HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE READING (English): "REMINDER. SOCIAL DISTANCING. KEEP 2 METRES APART" BANNERS ON LAMPPOSTS READING (English) "STAY HOME, SAVE LIVES", PEOPLE WALKING PEOPLE SITTING BY RIVERBANK PEOPLE WALKING / SITTING BY RIVER GIRLS SITTING BY RIVER VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING, RUNNING AND CYCLING BANNER READING (English): "PRACTISE SAFE DISTANCING. KEEP A CAR LENGTH AWAY TO KEEP CORONAVIRUS AT BAY" SIGNS ON SOCIAL DISTANCING BY BRIDGE PEOPLE WALKING BY RIVER SIGN ON GROUND READING (English): "KEEP 2M APART" / PEOPLE WALKING ON BRIDGE BOATS ON RIVER PEOPLE WALKING ON BRIDGE AUSTRALIANS FROM BRISBANE LIVING IN LONDON CRAIG WORDSWORTH AND SAMARA AIKEN EXERCISING IN WANDSWORTH PARK (SOUNDBITE) (English) AUSTRALIANS FROM BRISBANE LIVING IN LONDON, SAMARA AIKEN AND CRAIG WORDSWORTH, SAYING: "I thinkâ€¦ I think everybody has to be a little bit creative now because you're only limited to no equipment, you know, going for jogs or cycling really." WORDSWORTH: "We did a workout inside and it's not just the same as coming out here in the sun. So it's just good to get outside." AIKEN: "Yeah, a bit more space." AIKEN AND WORDSWORTH EXERCISING PEOPLE BY RIVER WOMAN RUNNING VARIOUS OF BOATS ON RIVER
- Keywords: COVID-19 London lockdown coronavirus good weather park-goers
- Reuters ID: LVA001C87QQMF
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Duration: 00:02:33
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text:Londoners flocked to the riverbanks of the Thames on Sunday (April 5) to take advantage of warm spring sunshine, under banners warning them to respect social distancing and stay at home.
Walkers and joggers did their best to maintain a distance of at least two metres from each other, but the large numbers of people soaking up the sun meant this posed a challenge.
Tighter rules further restricting Britons' ability to leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic are not likely soon, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, after earlier in the day warning that a ban on outdoor exercise was possible.
Lockdown regulations in the UK are more flexible than in some countries badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak, where individuals have to self-certify why they are outside and are limited to a one-kilometre walk in the immediate vicinity of where they live.
British people are allowed to leave their homes for shopping, essential work and exercise - which the government has said should be limited to an hour a day - as well as certain other reasons.
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