Look, I get it – we’re Brits; we’re programmed to flock outside – proud and pasty – in jock straps and flip flops the second we spot a single ray of sunshine touch the ground. It’s an innate habit, but one we we should all be resisting right now.
We are all under serious lockdown to help the UK government and the NHS fight the coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed 435 lives. There are individuals putting their lives on the line daily to try and eliminate this f*cking virus from our country once and for all; while the majority of us are simply being asked to sit on our a*ses and watch tele for three weeks.
We’re allowed to pop out to buy food and exercise, but that’s it. I’ll be really clear, as there’s clearly some confusion out there: that does not mean flocking to public parks to catch the first rays of the summer season.
I’ll be clear again: these people are d*cks.
Shepherds Bush Green Met Police released the following clip on Twitter earlier this evening. The video shows local police ushering away members of the public chilling out in groups – basking in the spring rays – on Shepherd’s Bush Green in West London.
In the video, Met Police officers can be heard telling ignorant sunbathers to go home via loudspeaker:
“You can’t stay on the green. Can you all go home, please?
“It’s not a holiday, it’s a lockdown. You can’t just come here and sunbathe.”
The police captioned the tweet as follows:
“Officers approaching and giving clear advice to those who think sunbathing in groups whilst we have a national health emergency. We will continue to do our best for the public and the @NHSuk . Please don’t just sit in groups . #StayAtHomeSaveLives #CoronavirusLockdown.”
A gentle reminder to any sun worshippers out there…
So stay the f*ck home and fake tan like the rest of us.
Images via Twitter and Getty
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