Boris Johnson 'spotted cycling more than 7 miles away from Downing Street'
The prime minister was reportedly spotted cycling at least seven miles away from his Downing Street home, despite government rules advising people to stay local for exercise.
Boris Johnson was seen wearing a TfL hat and face mask while cycling around Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, according to the Evening Standard.
He was reportedly spotted cycling with his security detail at about 2pm on Sunday. Olympic Park is an estimated 7.5 miles away from his Downing Street flat.
Official Covid-19 guidance states that people are only permitted to leave their home for exercise once a day – but ‘you should not travel outside your local area’.
The prime minister is said to have been concerned over how busy the park was and brought it up at a Cabinet meeting later that evening.
A source told the Standard the PM was out exercising at the time, adding: ‘But he did note how busy the park was and he commented on it at the meeting last night.
‘He was concerned about if people were following the rules and was concerned after his cycle ride around the park.’
The report comes after two women were each fined £200 after driving five miles to go for a walk at a quiet beauty spot.
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, both 27, had driven 10 minutes down the road in separate cars from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, to Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire when they were ‘surrounded’ by police.
They were told their cups of peppermint tea classes as a picnic, which is not allowed under current guidelines.
Matt Hancock subsequently defended the police’s response and said ‘every flexibility can be fatal’.
The PM is also said to be considering implementing tougher lockdown rules, after a further 54,940 cases were confirmed on Sunday, while deaths rose by 563.
It is thought the government is now looking at scrapping an exemption which allows people to meet up with one other person outside their household to exercise in a public space.
Other proposed tightened restrictions, include a curfew, a limit on the amount of people allowed in a supermarket may be introduced and masks could be made mandatory in outdoor public spaces.
Metro.co.uk has contacted No 10 for comment.
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