Crowds of sunseekers gathered across the North West on the hottest day of the year, causing chaos on the beaches.
Many people took the opportunity yesterday to partake in now allowed day trips to beauty spots such as parks and beaches.
Unfortunately, these places became rammed quickly as crowds gathered, as everyone did the same. Many people shared images on social media, with one Twitter user saying: “If this was you today in Southport, don’t worry about clapping tomorrow night.”
As part of the lockdown easing plan put in place by the government, restrictions on walks, exercise and time outside were lifted meaning day trips are now allowed – including unlimited exercise and sunbathing.
Beaches in Southport and Blackpool quickly became full with sun-seekers.
Roads were also gridlocked with cars and many ended up parking illegally, to get their spot on the beach.
In the south of England, traffic wardens ‘ran out of tickets’ as the beaches became utter chaos, the Mirror reports.
Many people have taken to Twitter to share pictures of crowds and their concerns on the lockdown easing.
After the announcements on lockdown easing, Visit Blackpool quickly responded, changing its name on Twitter to Do Not Visit Blackpool and issuing a warning to the public to avoid the town.
They asked the public to ‘think twice before setting off for Blackpool for the day’, adding that they feel it is the ‘right thing, and the safest thing, to do at the moment’.
However, following the government’s advice, many people opted for visiting the beauty spot on this year’s hottest day.
One Twitter user KiaTobin raised the concerns that despite lockdown cleaning up Blackpool beach and leaving clearer water, this was ‘destroyed in day’.
Members of the public are being urged to continuously be careful and stringent with social distancing measures despite the latest government advice.
Places such as the Peak District issued clear guidance that people can continue to help the area by giving it ‘crucial breathing space to recover by staying local’. Many parks have kept toilets, information centres and other facilities closed.
B&M announces plans to open 45 new stores
Who else is excited for this?
We’ve got some good news for bargain hunters, as discount retailer B&M is set to open up to 45 new stores in the UK.
The company has announced that it plans to open more stores than expected this year, after its sales and profit jumped during the pandemic.
B&M kept most of its stores open during lockdown while some rivals shut their doors, with the demand for bargains rising as money became tight.
As a result, it expects to open between 40 and 45 new stores before the end of the financial year – with most opening towards the end of this period – although details of where they’ll be located are unclear at the moment.
Simon Arora, the chief executive of the retailer, said: “Our business model is proving well-attuned to the evolving needs of customers, given our combination of everyday value across a broad range of product categories being sold at convenient out-of-town locations.
“Our people have risen to the many challenges posed by the Covid-19 crisis, not least in serving our customers through a period of high demand, keeping our shelves filled, providing a clean and safe shopping environment, as well as sourcing higher volumes than we had planned.”
B&M was given permission to keep its stores open while others were forced to shut during the summer lockdown as it also sells food and DIY products.
Amisha Chohan, an equity research analyst at Quilter Cheviot, added: “B&M announced another positive trading update this morning, proving it is firing on all cylinders in both the UK and France.
“The retailer is also winning market share and has attracted a new, middle class, customer base – who are beginning to shop with them regularly.
“We believe B&M will continue to outperform peers as consumers become much more money conscious.”
Are you excited for more B&Ms?
Parrots removed from wildlife park after they taught each other to swear at customers
This is hilarious…
Five African grey parrots who were adopted by Lincolnshire Wildlife Park taught each other to swear in isolation.
The group of parrots at the zoo have now had to be put back into isolation to stop them from swearing at customers.
Adopted together on August 15th, they shared a room at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park but it turns out they’ve been up to no good in lockdown.
Although staff at the park have found it hilarious and enjoyed watching the parrots, swift action has had to be taken when they started cursing at customers.
CEO of the park, Steve Nichols said the parrots have been put in a ‘time out’, although he did confirm this isn’t the first time they’ve had swearing parrots.
He told LincolnshireLive: “Every now and then you’ll get one that swears and it’s always funny. We always find it very comical when they do swear at you.”
He added: “The more they swear the more you usually laugh which then triggers them to swear again.”
The room full of swearing birds, the chief said. was similar to ‘an old working men’s club scenario’.
Within 20 minutes of being in front of customers, the birds were swearing at them.
Mr Nichols confirmed that it was actually just a funny situation, explaining: “We found it highly amusing and the customers were fine – they were no problem at all.
“But we worried because we had a weekend coming up and children coming.”
The plan for the birds now is to release them separately so they can’t ‘encourage’ each other. Everyone at the park who has been working hard throughout the pandemic has enjoyed the laughs from the mischievous parrots.
“It has been a real rough year, but we are the eternal optimists and we have no option. We have to keep moving forward,” said Mr Nichols.
The parrots have both been good for business.
Mr Nichols explained: “It is quite an unusual place where you are walking around and people are swearing at aviaries trying to get a parrot to swear back at them.”
Government ‘preparing a total social lockdown plan’ for the North of England
Pubs and restaurants could be forced to close for a fortnight as part of a ‘total social lockdown’ plan.
The emergency plan is currently being considered by the government following spikes in the number of cases across the North of England.
In Greater Manchester, each borough is currently at ‘Red Alert’ with the infection rate in Bolton one of the highest in the country (235.1 cases per 100,000 people).
As things stand, in Greater Manchester people cannot visit friends and family in their homes or gardens and cannot socialise with people outside of their household or bubble in any public place.
These rules could now be rolled out across the North.
The Times reports that a ‘social lockdown’ was presented as one of the options by the Covid-19 strategy committee, the week before new restrictions were imposed.
The emergency plans have been drawn up after local restrictions put in place in areas such as Greater Manchester failed to reverse the surge in infections.
Under these proposed plans, schools, shops, factories and offices where staff cannot work from home will remain open.
It would also see meeting other people socially in any indoor location banned, as well as pubs and restaurants being ordered to close for two weeks.
London may also face these same restrictions, if cases continue to rise in the capital.
From today, every person in England is required to self-isolate by law if they test positive for Covid-19 or are contacted by the NHS Track and Trace service.
Those who fail to do so risk fines starting at £1,000 that can reach £10,000.
The number of people who have tested positive (infection rate) in Manchester now stands at 201 per 100,000. An additional 1,000 new confirmed cases were recorded over the week leading to September 24th.