Health officials emphasise social distancing is 'vital' after video shows queues outside Ipswich bar

A health official has emphasised the "vital" importance of social distancing after a video emerged of people seemingly ignoring guidance outside a bar in Suffolk.

As more revellers head to the pub in the hot weather, the Government has warned people must stick to social distancing rules in areas that are not affected by a spike in coronavirus cases.

It comes after a video was shared on social media showing large groups of people standing close to one another outside Sin Bar, in Ipswich, over the weekend.

Now more than ever it is vital that people continue to follow government advice on social distancing, wearing face coverings and practising good hand hygiene, in order to keep down the number of cases across England.

Dr Meera Chand, incident director at Public Health England

Current guidelines on social distancing in England states people must keep two metres from others where possible, or one metre with "mitigations" such as face masks and more frequent hand washing.

Professor Graham Medley, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said pubs may be forced to shut in order to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission and allow schools to reopen.

When asked if the Prime Minister agreed with this, his official spokesman said: "Our approach is a localised one where you would assess the situation on the ground and take whatever steps were required to slow the spread of the virus. More broadly we are committed to supporting the hospitality industry which has had a very tough time.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said images showing the apparent lack of social distancing at packed pubs "made me want to cry. She warned a cluster of new cases in Aberdeen is "exactly what we feared when we reopened hospitality".