THE SUNNY weather is hampering efforts to maintain the lockdown in Wales, with exasperated police and council officials being forced to close beach car parks and deter people from beauty spots to enforce the lockdown.

Swansea Council workers were on overtime today, after being asked by the police assist them enforce the law.

The council posted on Facebook on Sunday (Feb 28) saying: “We’re closing beach car parks today at Bracelet Bay, Langland Bay and Castell at the request of South Wales Police. So please don’t travel.

“We know its great weather out there but Welsh Government rules mean we should not drive to any location for daily exercise.

The scene in Mumbles on Sunday (Feb 28) (Image J Thomas/Herald)

“Please do the right thing to keep us all safe”, the council pleaded.

Other local authorities have taken, or are taken similar action across Wales, as the rising temperatures entices people out of their homes.

Yesterday (Feb 27) Herald.Wales was sent photos of full beach car parks in Pembrokeshire. We will publish those shortly.

Calum Semple, an expert in “outbreak” medicine, warned the public to continue sticking to the lockdown rules or we could “blow it”.

Asked whether crowds could cause case numbers to rise again, professor Semple, who sits on the government’s SAGE advisory board, he told reporters: “This is a big worry to us.”

He added: “Really, we do urge people to take care.”

“We’re just not quite there on the road map – we can’t take a short cut with people’s health.”

Police have also urged English visitors to get a grasp on the lockdown rules in Wales since coronavirus hit the UK. At one point they had turned away more than 1,000 cars from the Brecon Beacons in just two days.

Tourists coming from as far as London were refused entry to the beauty spot, known as “waterfall country”, by Dyfed-Powys Police last weekend.

On Friday, police said many of the drivers claimed they were not aware Wales has a five-mile limit for non-essential journeys to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown rules differ slightly to that of England’s, where people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access beauty spots.

Police have urged English visitors to get a grasp on the lockdown rules in Wales after turning away more than 1,000 cars from the Brecon Beacons in just two days.

Tourists coming from as far as London were refused entry to the beauty spot, known as “waterfall country”, by Dyfed-Powys Police last weekend.

On Friday, police said many of the drivers claimed they were not aware Wales has a five-mile limit for non-essential journeys to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown rules differ slightly to that of England’s, where people can now travel an unlimited distance for exercise and to access beauty spots.