On crowded beaches, government advisor says Covid does not spread
The Commons Science and Technology Committee was advised by Professor Mark Woolhouse, professor of infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh and advisor to the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (Sage), that beaches are not a hotbed for the spread of coronavirus.
Asked about the risk of transmission in outdoor activities, he said: “Mass gatherings are absolutely a special case. Even outdoors they don’t involve social distancing so those are clearly higher-risk than normal outdoor activities.
Chief medical officer for England Chris Whitty urged people to follow social distancing rules in the hot weather or risk causing a spike in coronavirus, writing on Twitter: “If we do not follow social distancing guidance then cases will rise again.
“Naturally people will want to enjoy the sun but we need to do so in a way that is safe.
Woolhouse, who was being questioned by MPs on the risks of lockdown restrictions being eased in the coming weeks and months, said the country was slow to reopen schools and outdoor activities in the first lockdown.