‘TOUGHER MEASURES’ could be introduced if the public continues to ignore advice from the Government on social distancing.

Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to order a widespread lockdown after thousands of people ignored calls for “social distancing” to slow the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister said he will be thinking “very, very actively” about what steps to take if people continue to gather in large numbers in defiance of calls to stay apart.

There was anger among MPs over the weekend at scenes of crowds flocking to parks, markets, beaches and beauty spots.

This includes areas in Barrow as complaints were made about people queuing for ice-cream at the weekend.

Roy's Ices made the decision to close after they received criticism for still trading and said that they were worried that safety guidelines on social distancing were not being met by some customers.

Roy’s Ices hopes to be returning to Bardsea soon.

Other beauty spots in the region such as beaches could become off limits if stricter measures are put in place by government. Conservative former cabinet minister Julian Smith said he would support “any measure” the Government brought forward to force people to comply with the guidance. For Labour, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said ministers should be making “immediate preparations” for the “next stage” while learning from other European nations.

The calls came as an 18-year-old was thought to have become the youngest victim of the virus in Britain.