COASTGUARD crews are still having to tell people to stop going to the beach.

Shoreham Coastguard said it had received multiple reports of people gathering across the coast despite new government advice to stay at home to kerb the spread of coronavirus.

At the weekend, hundreds of people were seen flaunting the order and visiting Hove seafront and Beachy Head.

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On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced more stringent measures to keep people in their homes.

The Conservative party leader said that residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for shopping for basic necessities – as infrequently as possible.

Travelling to and from work will be permitted, but only when absolutely absolutely necessary and work cannot be done from home.

One form of exercise a day will be allowed – for example a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your household, while those with any medical need or anyone providing care or helping a vulnerable person.

Anyone who is not following the rules could be fined, Mr Johnson said, while police will have powers to disperse gatherings.

Although parks will remain open for exercise, gatherings will be dispersed.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said this behaviour was continuing across the UK.

Assistant director Pete Mizen, said: “The rules are very simple and can be found on the Government website. Stay at home. The risk of spreading coronavirus is huge.and while you might be okay, the person you give it to may not.”

He continued: “If you get into trouble and have to call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, you’re then putting frontline emergency responders at risk of COVID-19 too.

“At this time of the year the beaches aren’t lifeguarded which is a double risk to you and our emergency responders.

“Help us to help you. Stay at home.”

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