A Cambridge park was left littered this morning (March 31) after the second sunny day of people taking lockdown rules to the limit.
Bins were overflowing and clusters of rubbish could be seen across Jesus Green in the centre of Cambridge.
Many have been making the most of the warm weather and regained freedoms since lockdown eased on Monday, enabling people to meet outdoors in groups of six or two households.
But David Claydon, a council refuse collector, was left picking up the pieces that some had left behind.
“As far as we’re concerned, Covid is still out there,” the 51-year-old said. “I know people want to go out and enjoy the sun, but we get concerned about our health too.”
Speaking at the government press conference on Monday, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “The evidence is very clear that outdoor spaces are safer than indoors. It is important to remember this as we move into the next phase.”
Research shows that the risk of transmission is significantly lower in the fresh air, partly because smaller droplets and aerosols containing the virus can remain suspended in the air for some time indoors.
But with temperatures set to soar in England today – up to 23C in Cambridge – Matt Hancock warned people not to “blow it” when it comes to socialising safely.