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Coronavirus Kent: County's hot spots abandoned during sunny weather as people follow lockdown rules and stay at home

Empty car parks and clear roads were the scenes around Kent today as people followed government advice and stayed at home.

The likes of Whitstable Harbour and Tankerton slopes appeared deserted in a sign that people are soaking up the sunshine from their own gardens, instead.

People obeyed instructions and stayed away from Whitstable on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey
People obeyed instructions and stayed away from Whitstable on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey
All was quiet at The Leas beach in Minster, on Sheppey Picture: Rob Chinn
All was quiet at The Leas beach in Minster, on Sheppey Picture: Rob Chinn

It comes as 708 new deaths related to coronavirus are recorded in the UK's hospitals, with just over 3,700 new cases.

Canterbury City Council shared images of empty car parks in Whitstable and Herne Bay.

They tweeted: "Normally, empty car parks would be disastrous for our seaside towns on a day like this. But not today.

"This was the scene at Gorrell Tank and Neptune car parks this lunchtime. A tiny number of cars parked in total."

They added: "Thank you for listening to all the advice and staying away.

"If you're thinking of coming, please don't. Stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives #kenttogether."

Canterbury Police also shared a snap, tweeting: "PCSOs out in #Tankerton and along the coast. Glad to see the suns out but people are staying in and following government guidelines."

There were few people on Tankerton Slopes in Whitstable on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey
There were few people on Tankerton Slopes in Whitstable on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey

Rob Chinn was impressed to see people respecting the guidelines during his daily walk along Minster Cliffs in Sheppey.

He said: "I noted very few cars on the front and car park very much the same.

"Normally road and car park would be full on a day like this.

"It's great to see people are taking care of themselves and thereby protecting NHS."

On any other time Whitstable Harbour would have been teeming with people but this was the scene on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey
On any other time Whitstable Harbour would have been teeming with people but this was the scene on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Chris Davey
Gorrell Tank car park in Whitstable was also deserted Picture: Canterbury City Council
Gorrell Tank car park in Whitstable was also deserted Picture: Canterbury City Council

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