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COVID-19: Number 10 contradicts Home Secretary Priti Patel over lockdown guidelines on train


Downing Street has contradicted Home Secretary Priti Patel after she claimed folks in England ought to solely train alone in the course of the present nationwide lockdown.

In a TV interview Ms Patel mentioned folks in England needs to be “exercising on your own” as she tried to offer “clarity” on COVID restrictions.

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“The clarity is exercising on your own and not socialising,” the house secretary instructed ITV’s This Morning, when requested if the coronavirus guidelines had been clear.

She added: “The level to make about any train – sure, it needs to be native, folks train in a different way.

“But train by yourself and do not use it for a social assembly.

“There’s a basic distinction there, as a result of the purpose in regards to the unfold of the virus is that it spreads folks to folks.

“Cycling is fine, because you are on your own, you should not be cycling with other cyclists.

“Running, precisely in the identical approach since you are by yourself, strolling by yourself and maintaining distance away from folks and never going out to socialize. That is completely clear.”

However, the government guidance on the current lockdown states that people in England can exercise outdoors once per day in a local public place.

This is either by themselves, or with the people they live with, with their support bubble, with their childcare bubble where providing childcare, or – when on their own – with one person from another household.

The guidance adds: “This consists of however will not be restricted to operating, biking, strolling, and swimming.

“Personal training can continue if participants are from the same household or support bubble.

“It may proceed whether it is one on one, though this could solely happen in a public out of doors place, and never in somebody’s non-public house or backyard.”

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Asked about Ms Patel’s feedback, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman mentioned: “We’ve been clear that if people exercise they can do so with one other person from another household but we’re asking them to socially distance while they’re doing that.”

In her TV interview, Ms Patel additionally defended Mr Johnson after he was just lately noticed biking seven miles from Downing Street.

Asked what was thought-about “local” beneath the COVID guidelines, Ms Patel mentioned: “If you’re in a London borough then, clearly, London boroughs are big places in terms of cycling and walking.”

When it was highlighted Mr Johnson had left his personal London borough, the house secretary added: “London is a big geography in terms of cycling – five miles, 10 miles, many people cycle big distances and that’s normal to them.”

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