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Beach water quality testing stops in England due to coronavirus crisis

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UK beaches are popular bathing spots

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People swimming at beaches and lakes across England this summer will not know if the water is dirty because officials have stopped sampling water to test its quality.

Bathing waters at coastal areas and lakes are currently the only places most people can swim since lockdown restrictions were relaxed in England last week, as outdoor and indoor swimming pools are closed. However, the Environment Agency (EA) said in a note released last Friday that it had temporarily suspended sampling because of the coronavirus crisis.

“We are following government guidelines to …