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'These are not guidelines, this is the law': People urged to stay at home over Easter

  • Video report by ITV Meridian's Andy Dickenson

People in the south has been urged to stay at home to help save lives by resisting the temptation to travel over Easter as the country remains in lockdown as part of strict measures to control the coronavirus outbreak.

As well as people making trips abroad, the Easter weekend would traditionally see hundreds of thousands of people enjoy staycations and day trips across the Meridian region.

Instead, tourists and visitors are being told to stay away from the region's hotspots.

It comes as the MP for North Thanet, Sir Roger Gale, says the police should be able to fine people £500 on the spot if they break the rules on social distancing.

This is how Heathrow Airport looked this time last year...
...And this is how Heathrow looks today. A marked difference as the country remains in lockdown over Easter

Lockdown rules mean the public are being urged to only leave their homes if it is necessary and are being told to adopt social distancing measures when they do.

With sunny weather forecast on a bank holiday, there are renewed warnings to resist the temptation to go outside for sunbathing and to meet friends as the government says this could put lives at risk and put greater impact on the NHS.

The warning comes as Downing Street hinted coronavirus lockdown restrictions will not be relaxed following a review next week.

This was the warning from the council in Brighton last weekend after an influx of people travelled to its popular beach

Police from every corner have joined forces in a plea for people to stay inside as the lockdown continues.

Sussex officers say that so far new powers to enforce isolation have only been used 'a handful of times' but patrols are now being stepped up to deal with the crisis.

Here's what you can and can't do during the lockdown.