Truly this is not the time to go frolicking with people you are not very familiar with, and furious locals in St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom are not hiding this feeling of theirs.
They are uncomfortable with tourists and second home owners who have begun to besiege their neighbourhoods in the wake of increasing infections and deaths to coronavirus.
They have thus resorted to telling them to stay where they are, to curtail futher contracting of the virus, reports the mailonline.
The medium reports that the government have urged people not to head to the countryside, with fears that they could be spreading the virus throughout the nation.
Residents of St Ives in Cornwall have gone a step further, scrawling a series of messages into the sand on the beach demanding that tourists go home.
Two messages read ‘Locals only’, while another said ‘Tourists please go home’.
However, despite their pleas, government commands and Boris Johnson imposing a UK-wide lockdown, second homers are remaining defiant and continuing to flock to the countryside in their droves.
One of those is Alice Townsend, 52, a physiotherapist who moved to her second home in Northumberland from south London with her husband and three children.
She told the Times: ‘We are in the middle of nowhere here. We thought with three children and two dogs it made sense. We can be outside and not infect anyone else.
‘I get that some people might see that as selfish but we thought it was practical.’
A second homeowner, from west London, decided to move to her Suffolk cottage with her husband as soon as rumours of a lockdown first started.
She insisted that her and her husband haven’t heard any backclash, despite the fury on social media.
The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, added: ‘We weekenders are quietly having our own backlash. Like the rest of the country, we are tired of being fed ambiguous advice that changes day by day, and most of all we resent being told we should not go to our own homes, where we pay our council tax, like every other resident.’
Henry Sherwood, a property buying agent from southwest London who has moved to his second home in Wantage, Oxfordshire, also insists that he has not faced any hostility over his move.
However, people all over the country remain furious at Londoners and people from big cities fleeing to the countryside.
One social media user commented: ‘If Londoners and Middle Englanders could kindly keep away from their second homes in Suffolk and Norfolk,that would be appreciated.
‘Stop spreading the virus. You don’t need to be here.’ another angry person wrote: ‘Why is it always London? Plenty of rich Londoners now in their second homes, or holidaying in Wales Cornwall. Places with very little resources. Selfish lot.’
Another added: ‘Our village in the Cotswolds was full of Londoners escaping the city.
‘In 10 years we have never seen it so busy. People coming to their second homes, bringing their friend.
‘Irresponsible idiots, who should be locked up to save the rest of us from them.’
Among those who have left their London homes to self isolate elsewhere included Kate Moss’ little sister Lottie.
The socialite and model was snapped leaving her home in London on Wednesday last week, and has since been sharing pictures on her Instagram page as she picked flowers in a countryside location.