Brits can meet up with friend outdoors for walk in new lockdown, Govt announces

Brits were plunged into tougher measures on Monday and many were left puzzled after the announcement with some rules left to clarify.

Under the new restrictions, can meet up with a friend outdoors for exercise purposes under the new rules, according to cabinet secretary, Michael Gove.

However, he added people should do "everything possible to restrict social contact".

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, when asked about meeting up with others for a walk he said: "Provided you maintain social distance and provided that it is exercise, yes.

"But one of the things we do want to stop is the idea of people essentially congregating or socialising outside, so the judgment is clear that one period of exercise a day is appropriate.

"For some people that will be running or cycling, for other people, it will be walking. You can walk with one other person but it is important, as I say, to maintain the two-metre social distance."

On sitting down during a walk with a friend, Mr Gove added: "I think, inevitably, it may be the case that for a second someone will want to pause and rest in the course of exercise.

"We're anxious to make sure people exercise common sense and the clear message is: do stay at home, of course, exercise once a day, but also do everything possible to restrict social contact."

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The new lockdown rules are similar to those in the March and November lockdown, as people have been ordered to stay at home.

There are only a limited number of reasons you can legally leave your home.

Unlimited exercise is permitted outdoors, and you can continue to visit some public outdoor spaces such as parks.

You can go with your household, support bubble or with one other person if you maintain social distancing.

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