Boris Johnson spotted cycling seven miles from home after Covid restrictions announced

Boris Johnson slammed for bike ride seven miles from home despite COVID-19 restrictions

Boris Johnson has been criticised for travelling seven miles from Downing Street to go cycling during lockdown.

He added: "The Prime Minister acted in accordance with the Covid guidance while he was exercising".

The sources stressed that Johnson had exercised "within the COVID rules and any suggestion to the contrary is wrong".

Downing Street has refused to confirm whether Mr Johnson was driven for his bike ride, or whether he cycled there, but Ms Dick said either method would be permitted under the law.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the trip had not been "against the law - that's for sure".

The Standard claim the prime minister was wearing a TFL hat and a face mask as he cycled through the Olympic Park in east London on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Labour's Andy Slaughter said: "Once again it is do as I say, not as I do, from the prime minister".

Boris Johnson slammed for bike ride seven miles from home despite COVID-19 restrictions
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Mr Farron added: "We need a solution that clearly deters people from making lengthy trips and potentially spreading the virus, but also that doesn't discourage people from keeping fit and healthy". "And what we're asking people to do is when they exercise to stay local, now local is obviously open to interpretation but people broadly know what local means". "If you're [.] genuinely taking exercise and not going out for other objective social purposes, then that seems perfectly reasonable", he pointed out, referring to Johnson's alleged bike ride as a once a day exercise.

A lack of clarity over the rules was highlighted after police in Derbyshire incorrectly fined two women last week for driving five miles in separate cars to exercise at a beauty spot.

Official regulations brought in by Mr Johnson say that exercise is limited to once a day and you should not leave your local area, in a bid to halt the surge in coronavirus cases.

Asked if the law and guidance needed to be clarified, she said: "That is certainly something that government could consider".

In Scotland, the advice is more precise, saying exercise can take place "up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area". There no limits on distance travelled, although the advice is that "the nearer you stay to your home, the better".

"But, I don't want to do that because, for many people being able to go for a walk with a friend, that often is their only social contact".


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