"Unbelievable" photos have emerged of swarms of people in parks and at beaches days after tough coronavirus restrictions were relaxed.
On Monday, people in the UK who had been in lockdown all year were allowed to again meet in parks and gardens as two separate households or groups of six while maintaining social distancing.
However, photos have emerged from popular Brighton Beach and the Hyde Park area of Leeds showing keen Brits packed together in scenes that have not been witnessed since the pandemic gripped the globe more than a year ago.
Photos taken at Woodhouse Moor showing masses of people sparked outrage online.
"Crazy and unbelievable... We’ll be told next we’re going into lockdown three," one person wrote on Twitter.
"And not a mask to be seen. Fabulous," another said.
"And that is the start of wave three right there with those selfish pillocks," a third wrote.
Another outraged person dubbed them "selfish and narrow-minded idiots".
A video posted to Facebook by YappaApp, which shares videos and images from the public, pans the huge crowd at Woodhouse Moor standing and mingling together with groups in close proximities.
"Do we ever learn – I would say no," one said.
"Just shows most people don't care anymore," another claimed.
"Are these people for real, wouldn't you think after the year we have all had that the rules still apply, what a load of total idiots," somebody else said.
More than 30 million have received first Covid vaccine dose
In total there have been more than four million coronavirus cases in the UK, with more than 120,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As the UK government eased restrictions on Monday, it unveiled a new slogan – 'Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air' – to stress the importance of ventilation in reducing the spread of Covid-19.
"Despite today’s easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules – remember 'hands, face, space', and come forward for a vaccine when called," Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
Restrictions were eased as official figures showed more than 30 million people in the UK had received a first vaccine dose, accounting for about 57 per cent of all adults.
The next step in the roadmap to easing England’s lockdown comes on April 12, which is earmarked for non-essential shops to reopen, as well as outdoor hospitality, including pubs and restaurants.
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