An MP is urging the public to avoid Southend seafront this weekend and follow instruction to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

The caution comes after large crowds descended on the promenade last week, despite repeated warnings of the risk of coronavirus spreading.

James Duddridge, MP for Rochford and Southend East, is reminding residents of the very limited set of circumstances in which people can leave their home, which include to shop for basic necessitates, for one form of exercise, for any medical need and travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

James, who is also urging the public to follow the two metre social distancing rule, said: “At the start of this week, my inbox was inundated with responsible residents who were staying at home themselves, but rightly furious at the pictures circulating on social media of a packed Southend seafront.

“My message to those thinking of visiting Southend seafront this weekend is very clear – stay at home.

“We all have a responsibility to follow the government’s instruction as this will protect our NHS and save lives.

"If you want to go outside to exercise, my advice would be to do this within walking distance of your own home, which is likely to be quieter.”