Londoners ignore ‘stay at home’ orders to flock to sundrenched parks as temperature hits 13C – Evening Standard


ondoners ignored ‘stay at home’ warnings as they flocked to the capital’s parks on Saturday.

Thousands gathered in London’s green spaces to enjoy the unbroken sunshine and highs of 13C.

Police were on patrol breaking up picnics on Wimbledon Common, London Fields and Primrose Hill on Saturday.

People take advantage of the good weather enjoying the winter sunshine in Hackney Wick

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Professor Jonathan Van-Tam alerted people who have already been vaccinated to the dangers of “taking their foot off the brake” and being tempted to break Covid-19 rules.

He told a Downing Street briefing on Friday: “All the patients that I vaccinate… I say to them, ‘Remember, all the rules still apply to you and all of us until we’re in a much safer place’. It doesn’t change because you’ve had your first dose of vaccine.

“And so, please don’t be tempted to think, ‘Well, one home visit might be all right now the weather is getting better, going to be a nice weekend, one small gathering in your house won’t really matter’.

“So my key message tonight is look, this is all going very well but there are some worrying signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off the brake at exactly the wrong time.”

People gather in Hackney Wick to bask in the sun

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Londoners are set to enjoy spring-like conditions this weekend as temperatures hit up to 13C, according to the Met Office.

The capital was drenched in eight hours of glorious sunshine today.

Sunday will see the temperatures drop slightly with highs of 8C and dry sunny spells throughout the day.