Police urge people to stay away from Stonehenge over summer solstice due to coronavirus lockdown
The summer solstice celebrations in Stonehenge have been canceled due to restrictions on mass gatherings to combat the corona virus. (PA)
The police have asked people not to visit Stonehenge to celebrate the summer solstice in order to maintain the social distance policy for corona viruses.
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Thousands of people come to the World Heritage Site near Amesbury, Wiltshire each year to celebrate the pagan holiday, which sees sunrise and sunset the longest day of the year.
However, due to state social distancing guidelines, the site is not open during celebrations that last from sunset on June 20 to sunrise on June 21.
The English heritage - which preserves the ancient landscape and stone circle - says the site will remain temporarily closed until July 4th.
It coincides with the date on which the government is expected to release the third phase of its roadmap from the blockade in England.
It is currently forbidden to hold major public events until further notice.
Instead, those who want to celebrate the summer solstice can follow the events via a live stream from English Heritage.
Wiltshire Police superintendent Phil Staynings said in a statement: "We fully support English Heritage's decision not to allow managed open access to Stonehenge for this year's summer solstice, in line with other major public events across the country.
"At this point, public safety and public health must be the primary concern, and the UK heritage decision is based on the current government guidelines, as we continue national efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
"We know that some people may be disappointed with this decision, but it is important that we continue to protect each other and adhere to the latest government guidelines."
A sign warns of a roadblock on the way to the prehistoric monument in Stonehenge. (Getty Images)
He warned that police officers would patrol the site and nearby town of Avebury, as well as local communities in the region.
"Officials will continue to be present in the Stonehenge and Avebury areas to support both the English heritage and the National Trust. There will also be a visible presence in local communities to reassure those affected.
"We urge those who want to celebrate the summer solstice this year to attend the celebrations of the English Heritage livestream."
Stonehenge reopens in July, but only sells timed tickets in advance and reduces visitor numbers to maintain social distance requirements.
The coronavirus pandemic has sunk the summer solstice in Stonehenge, a highlight of the year for thousands of people. (AP)
"Even if things are a little different when you visit, you can still explore the places where the story really happened. And you will still be warmly and safely welcomed by our friendly - albeit socially distant - staff and volunteers “It says in a statement.
Stonehenge was estimated to have been around 3,000 BC. Built in BC, but its origins remain a mystery.
Experts believe that Stonehenge may have been assembled using a series of slots and holes compared to the design of Lego sets.
In 2019, scientists claimed that Stonehenge was built by the ancestors of immigrants who came to Britain from across the Mediterranean.
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