PHOTOS: Deserted seafronts as East Devon stays indoors to stop the spread

These images show deserted seafronts and beaches in Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer as East Devon heeds the government lockdown to save lives and protect the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

Gone is a repeat of the weekend scenes of the public flouting advice to stay indoors, flocking to the beach to enjoy the sunshine.

Webcams at Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts today show empty beaches and esplanades after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday (Monday) imposed strict rules on the UK, to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

Complying with new government rules to reduce the spread of the infection, East Devon residents avoided the beach to stay at home, only venturing out individually or in pairs for exercise, as allowed.


Exmouth seafront webcam, at lunchtime, shows a deserted beach and Esplanade, with very few people outside.

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Sidmouth webcam, earlier this afternoon, shows a handful of people, in pairs or alone, on the seafront and beach.

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Beer webcam shows an empty beach earlier today.


The UK was put into lockdown from Monday night (March 23) after a televised statement from Downing Street, where the PM ordered people to stop socialising – the cause of the spread of the disease.

Boris Johnson gave police and authorities new powers to fine anyone flouting the new measures – which require people to stay at home.

New rules, which the government said would become ‘effective immediately’ in the fight to stop the disease spread, include only going out for essential travel, to buy food supplies and medicine, or to provide care or help to someone classed as ‘vulnerable’.

Also permitted is one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of your household.

The new restrictions prevent gatherings of more than two people and include the closure of all non-essential retail stores, hair and beauty salons, libraries, leisure facilities, children’s play areas, places of worship, hotels, holiday accommodation and campsites.

It comes after the government last week ordered pubs, clubs, cinemas and theatres to close.

For the full coronavirus government guidance on staying at home and away from others, see here.

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