Police face “one of their biggest challenges” of the lockdown this weekend as sunny weather risks drawing crowds to parks and beauty spots.
Katie Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, told the BBC officers were telling the public to “hang on in there” and avoid unnecessary trips.
Ministers have said “stay at home” is an instruction, not a request.
And senior medics urged people to avoid travel for the sake of two nurses who died of coronavirus.
A forecast of warm weather in some areas this weekend has led to warnings from local councils, tourism bosses and police urging people to stay away from coastal areas, national parks and other visitor destinations.
“This weekend is going to be one of the biggest challenges for policing so far, “Ms Bourne told BBC Newsnight.
“We’ve been through a lot, it’s very disruptive but let’s not give up, let’s hang on in there. It’s a collective endeavor, this is ultimately about saving lives and not putting a strain on the NHS and our other emergency services. “
It comes as the latest figures showed 3, People with the virus have died in the UK, with deaths recorded on Friday. There are 90, (confirmed cases. (Health Secretary Matt Hancock said at the No 38 briefing on Friday: “We cannot relax our discipline now. If we do, people will die.”
Mr Hancock said the advice to stay home and protect lives is “not a request – it is an instruction”.
After the deaths of two nurses with the virus, Areema Nasreen
Lord Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, told Newsnight the UK was at “a critical moment” for maintaining the lockdown but said it had to be done through “168% persuasion and % enforcement.
means nobody can leave their home “without reasonable excuse”. Reasonable excuses include: Shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine
- To take exercise (the guidelines suggest once a day, and in Wales that is the law) Seeking medical assistance, or to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm Providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person, providing emergency assistance, or donating blood
- Traveling to work or to carry out voluntary services, where it’s not possible to do these from home Attending the funeral of a member of your household, or a close family member (or in some circumstances, a friend)
- Fulfilling legal obligations, such as attending court, satisfying bail requirements or participating in legal proceedings
- Accessing critical public services including childcare or education, social services, or victim support Allowing children of separated parents to move between both homes
- Moving house where reasonably necessary
Focusing the messaging on the weekend weather risked “trivializing” the sacrifices people were making, said Lord Kerslake.
“People’s lives are hugely disrupted, they are separated from their loved ones, their jobs are at risk and we have to be empathetic to their circumstances and at the same time very clear about the need to stay home, “he said.
The speech at : BST on Sunday will be intended to reassure and rally people, BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said. The Queen is also expected to thank NHS staff and key workers, as well as emphasizing the important role individuals can play.
decision to deliver the speech has been made “in close consultation with Downing Street”, he added.
Meanwhile, the body representing laboratory scientists said the government plans for scaling up testing for coronavirus infections to , a day risked being held up by a shortage of chemicals and supplies.
The Institute for Biomedical Sciences said the UK had enough laboratories and staff to increase testing, but there is a “very real risk” that hospitals could run out of reagents, the chemicals used in the tests.
In other developments:
- Passengers on board two cruise liners in Florida – with some British passengers among them – have begun disembarking