In pictures: Sunderland seafront and beaches busy as families flock outdoors on Bank Holiday Monday

While the Government advice on coronavirus still calls on people to stay home as much as possible, many took advantage of a change in restrictions over the Bank Holiday weekend in Sunderland.

Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 1:08 pm
Bank Holiday Monday at Seaburn beach.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson relaxed certain Covid-19 lockdown measures, enabling people to take unlimited exercises outdoors or spend time picnicking, sunbathing and getting fresh air – all while maintaining the requisite two metres apart from others for social distancing. And the sunshine weather prompted scores of families to take some time outside in Sunderland on Monday, May 25 – Bank Holiday Monday – with seafronts, beaches and parks full of people.

Taking exercises at Seaburn on Bank Holiday Monday.
Dozens of people walk the promenade.

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The warm weather prompted families to turn out at the coast.
Families take some time to enjoy the beach at Seaburn.
Busy traffic at the coast on Bank Holiday Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson relaxed some lockdown measures on Wednesday, May 13 - including allowing people to spend leisure time outside.
Crowds of people were spotted at Sunderland's seafront on Monday.
Enjoying the weather at Seaburn.
Traffic was reported to be queuing from Morrison's at Seaburn to Roker Park.
Bank Holiday Monday at Penshaw Monument.
Queuing at Catch 22 on Bank Holiday Monday.
The warm weather was a huge draw to the coast on Monday, May 25.
Vehicles at Cliffe Park, Seaburn, on Bank Holiday Monday.
Families at Penshaw Monument.