PHOTOS: What a difference two months makes – busier beaches in East Devon

What a difference two months makes – these images show the East Devon coast and the contrast between seafronts from lockdown to the first bank holiday after restrictions were relaxed.

When the Prime Minister put the UK in lockdown on March 23, to stop the spread of coronavirus, seafront webcams in East Devon showed empty beaches and promenades as the public heeded advice to stay indoors.

Two months after lockdown was introduced, and restrictions have been relaxed, Exmouth, Sidmouth and Beer seafronts and beaches have shown an increase in public and traffic.

These webcam images show the seafronts at lunchtime on bank holiday Monday, May 25, compared to the first weekend after restriction changes, May 18, and the day after initial lockdown on March 24, some two months ago.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18.

Sidmouth

March 24, the day after lockdown, Sidmouth webcam shows a handful of people, in pairs or alone, on the seafront and beach.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18

Sidmouth

The Esplanade, Sidmouth webcam, March 24 – the day after lockdown.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18.

Sidmouth

Sidmouth webcam, The Esplanade. May 18

Sidmouth

March 24, The Esplanade. Sidmouth webcam, the day after lockdown.

Sidmouth

March 24, The Esplanade. Sidmouth webcam, the day after lockdown.

Sidmouth

March 24, The Esplanade. Sidmouth webcam, the day after lockdown.

Sidmouth

March 24, The Esplanade. Sidmouth webcam, the day after lockdown.

Exmouth

Exmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Exmouth

Exmouth webcam, bank holiday, May 25.

Exmouth

Exmouth seafront webcam. May 18

East Devon

Exmouth seafront webcam. May 18

Exmouth

Exmouth seafront webcam. May 18

Exmouth East Devon

March 24, the day after lockdown: Exmouth seafront webcam shows a deserted beach and Esplanade, with very few people outside.

Beer

Beer webcam, Bank holiday, May 25.

Beer East Devon

Beer webcam, May 18.

Beer East Devon

Beer webcam shows an empty beach on March 24 – the day after lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions were relaxed once the UK had passed the peak of the virus.

A relaxation of rules includes being able to spend more time outdoors, including sitting outside and sunbathing, meeting another person outside from another household – while social distancing – and exercising without restrictions.

Also allowed are day trips to beauty spots to other areas of the UK, providing you return home the same day.

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

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

New rules, which the government said were ‘effective immediately’ included 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 was one form of exercise a day, alone or with members of the same household.

For the full coronavirus government guidance, see here.

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