Coronavirus: Groups gather at popular Sheffield park prompting concern from resident

This was the scene at a popular Sheffield park today, as groups of people congregated and had barbecues – seemingly flouting government advice to avoid social contact and slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 8:03 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 8:03 pm

A concerned resident took this picture of Endcliffe Park earlier today, and said they found the sight of people gathering ‘pretty disappointing’.

“Whilst the students may have all lived together and were therefore strictly speaking not contravening the national guidance I still didn't think it set a very good example to other members of the public,” the resident said.

The resident added that one member of the group was wearing an item of clothing that had the name of their university’s netball team emblazoned across it.

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The scene in Endcliffe Park earlier today. Picture sent in by concerned resident

Earlier today, Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the Government ‘may have to take further action’ if people continue to flout social distancing rules of staying two metres away from each other as the country desperately attempts to limit the impact of the coronavirus.

He told Sky News: "This is not the sort of thing that anybody would want to do but, of course, it is the sort of thing we might have to do in order to protect life.

"If you do go out, you must not get closer than two metres from someone who isn't in your household.”

This comes after the government forced the closure of pubs, clubs, cafés and restaurants on Friday, just hours after the country’s schools closed its doors to most pupils, with the exception of children classed as vulnerable and those with parents who are classed as key workers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to address the nation with an update on the government’s response to coronavirus at 8.30pm tonight.