These images show Sunday lunchtime on Sidmouth and Exmouth seafronts – the first full weekend after lockdown restrictions were relaxed.
Webcams at Exmouth and Sidmouth yesterday, May 17, showed the public heading for the coast now government lockdown laws allow for spending time outdoors, sitting and enjoying the fresh air and sunbathing.
There was a marked increase in traffic along Exmouth seafront after Boris Johnson announced the public could now travel to outdoor open spaces – irrespective of distance.
But The Strand, In Exmouth, appeared deserted as residents chose to stay at home, to protect the NHS and stop the spread of the virus.
Footfall was up on Sidmouth seafront as families and visitors walked along The Esplanade and onto the beach.
Only Beer webcam showed little difference to images recorded more than seven weeks ago, when full lockdown was announced.
The UK was put into full lockdown on March 23, 2020, after a televised statement from Downing Street, where the Prime Minister ordered people to stop socialising – the cause of the spread of the disease.
At that time Boris Johnson gave police and authorities new powers to fine anyone flouting the new measures – which required people to stay at home, only going out for essential travel, to buy food supplies and medicine, or to provide care or help to someone classed as ‘vulnerable’.