A doctor has warned surfers that we are only a week behind Italy and urged them to stay indoors after they were spotted off the Devon coast, despite the UK being on lockdown.
North Devon have webcams at their popular beaches, and one appeared to show at least 20 surfers in the water at Croyde at lunchtime.
More surfers have been spotted at Saunton and Woolacombe beaches too.
However, a local GP, who is also a keen surfer, has urged them to stay at home amid fears it will send the wrong message to others.
Boris Johnson issued a speech yesterday introducing strict guidelines as the UK was placed into a lockdown.
In his address to the nation, the Prime Minister ordered that people should only leave the house for one of four reasons – to go to the supermarket, to get medical care, to travel to and from work if you are a key worker and to have one session of exercise a day.
The advice also states that when you are outside the home, you need to ensure "you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household".
The exact wording of the Government advice states that people can go outside for "one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household”.
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Boris Johnson has given extra powers to police and other relevant authorities to enforce these measures "through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply”.
North Devon GP and keen surfer Dr Finola ONeill said although she loves the sport, she would urge everyone to stay indoors at the moment.
She said: "The problem is social cues and what message we send each other about what is ok. At the moment we should be on full lock down.
"We are Italy in 1-2 weeks, London hospitals are full and we will be close behind. So unfortunately I think everyone should be indoors.”
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