Despite the ban on public gatherings remaining in place, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the nation can spend time with family and friends if they socially distance.
On BBC Breakfast on this morning, he said: “So we’ve said that as long as you go out of home, for the park, for exercise, whatever it may be, you can go with members of your own household.
“If you’re out in the park and you’re two metres apart… and use some common sense and you socially distance, you can meet up with other people.”
He urged people to “use some common sense” and said people cannot visit others at home.
But Britons are left feeling confused as they could still face a fine from police if they gather with more then one other person from a separate household.
When asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether someone could meet two parents at the same time, Mr Raab said: “You could if there’s two metres apart”.
Mr Raab also commented: “We are not moving to a stage where we say that households can mix inside the home,” he said. “So just to be absolutely clear, people cannot mix within the homes… and that advice is not changing.”
In his address to the nation yesterday, the Prime Minister clearly stated you can “sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household” – which contradicts this morning’s comments from the Foreign Secretary.
The new rule is part of a 50-page guidance document to be published by the government later today, the BBC reported.
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