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Is it OK take a mini-break in the UK over the bank holiday?

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The general message being sent is to avoid travel unless necessary (Picture: PA)

Brits are facing their first Bank Holiday since the Government eased the lockdown restrictions to permit unlimited exercise and travel to different places to do your exercise.

With the coronavirus death toll hitting 36, 393 now isn’t the time to try flouting the rules – as difficult as it might be during this sunny bank holiday.

So before you jump in your car, here are the rules on traveling duirng lockdown and whether you’ll be permitted to stay anywhere other than your home.

Can you take a mini-break this Bank Holiday?

It’s strongly advised that you don’t take a trip to any scenic spots (unless they’re local) this weekend.

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The government message remains that we avoid public transport where possible, avoid travelling at busy times and generally doing our best to keep from making unnecessary trips.

It’s also important to remember that, even after the new eased rules were introduced, it was made explicit that staying overnight at a holiday or second home is still not allowed.

You can be stopped or fined if you go on an overnight trip or meet up with two or more people from outside your home – and with 14,000 fines handed out, it’s not an empty threat.

Though this last week has seen many people flock to beaches across the UK, many local councils and residents of beauty spots across the country have asked people to stay away and not travel in.

Shropshire Councillor Lezley Picton, the authority’s cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, has asked for people to think carefully about travelling to Shropshire this Bank Holiday.

As the UK has enjoyed hot temperatures, beaches have been packed (Picture: PA)

She said: ‘We strongly encourage you to exercise locally to help us manage the number of people visiting our parks and sites and to protect everyone.

‘If you do travel to one of our sites, you must behave responsibly. Anyone seen breaking the Government rules will be reported to the police.’

Her sentiments have been shared by coastal and scenic spots up and down the country as the country faces the first Bank Holiday since lockdown restrictions were eased.

The Norfolk Coast Partnership has sent out a plea to the public to stay away from its coastline for the moment so the area is not ‘overwhelmed’.

Other tourist boards have issued pleas to stay away, including Blackpool and Lancashire.

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Are Homebase and B&Q open today?

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Homebase closed in the wake of coronavirus – is it open for today’s Bank Holiday? (Picture: Getty Images)

It’s Spring Bank Holiday, and for some that’s traditionally a time to get those jobs done round the house, or pay a visit to your nearest home and DIY store.

However, with many non-essential shops still shut in the wake of coronavirus lockdown, you might be left to wonder if you might still be able to make that planned bank holiday trip to B&Q or Homebase.

So is either one of the chains open today?

Here’s what you need to know…

Are Homebase and B&Q open today?

Yes, both B&Q and Homebase are open today, Bank Holiday Monday.

Although both chains were classified as essential retailers by the Government and were therefore allowed to remain open under lockdown, both closed their doors when restrictions were imposed at the end of March.

They both re-opened some branches at the end of last month, with new restrictions in place, including guidelines on the floors to ensure social distancing is maintained, queueing outside, perspex screens at checkouts and no cash payments.

B&Q has re-opened all of its branches also (Picture: Getty Images)

Both chains have since re-opened all of their branches and as such, will be open today.

What time are B&Q and Homebase open?

According to their website most B&Q branches will be open today from 8am-6pm, while Homebase will be open from 9am-6pm.

However this might vary from one branch to another, so be sure to check the B&Q store locator or the Homebase store locator to check the opening hours of your local branch before setting off.

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Girl pulled back from 400ft Birling Gap cliff while peering over edge

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Scarily close to the edge, a curious young girl peeks over the cliffs in East Sussex (Picture: PA)

Pictures show the frightening moment a little girl is pulled back from a cliff edge after peering over to look at the sheer drop below.

The curious youngster was walking along the 400ft chalk cliffs at Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, on Sunday with her family when she attempted to have a peek over the edge.

She is quickly dragged back by a concerned adult in scenes recognised by worried parents across the country.

The photos reveal how high up the little girl is and how windy the area was, with her long hair blowing wildly.

Tourists have been warned about the dangers of the East Sussex location, as its crumbling chalk cliffs frequently give way in bad weather.

The rural location attracted self-isolating visitors on Sunday as the UK enjoyed wall-to-wall sunshine and highs of 25C.

Forecasters says the fine and warm weather will continue today for the Whitsun Bank Holiday.

The Met Office said there will be mist and low cloud in the West early on, but this should give way to fine, dry weather in most parts of the country. There will be long sunny periods, with inland areas becoming warm.

The curious youngster has a look over the edge of the cliff (Picture: PA)
She is rapidly pulled from close to the edge (Picture: PA)
Joy and relief as the girl starts to walk back away from the edge (Picture: PA)

Temperatures should reach as high as 24C in London, with 21C expected in Newcastle, 20C in Edinburgh and Belfast and 22C in Southampton.

It will be slightly cooler in the South West, with 17C forecast for Land’s End in Cornwall.

Little rain is forecast but a band of cloud descending from the North West is expected to bring some showers.

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Is today a bank holiday and when is the next one?

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Planning ahead can help you get the most out of the next bank holiday (Picture: Getty Images/Westend61)

Coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown has made time even harder to keep track of than it was before – what with so few people leaving their homes on a regular basis.

As a result, you’d be more than forgiven for forgetting when the next bank holiday is, or for needing a reminder of whether or not today is a bank holiday.

No matter which of those you need an answer for, here’s a reminder so that you can plan your bank holidays accordingly.

When is the next bank holiday?

The spring bank holiday is indeed today, Monday 25 May.

The next bank holiday in England, Northern Ireland and Wales will be Monday 31 August.

There will also be a substitute bank holiday day to mark the Battle of the Boyne in Northern Ireland on Monday 13 July, and Scotland’s summer bank holiday will fall on Monday 3 August.

Even though lockdown measures have been slackened, tourist bodies and emergency services have asked people to stay away from beauty spots in the UK this bank holiday weekend.

There are fears that Britain’s coastlines especially could see vast numbers of people flocking to the beach amid the warmer weather to the point where social distancing will be nigh on impossible.

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