Matt Hancock defends Prime Minister's bicycle ride 7 miles from home

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has defended Boris Johnson for taking a ride on his bike seven miles away from Downing Street.

Matt Hancock defends Prime Minister’s bicycle ride 7 miles from home: It was reported yesterday that he was spotted riding his bike around London’s Olympic Park on Sunday. The current rules state that “You can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.” The incident has raised questions as to whether Johnson was right to go for the ride that far away from home as the term “local area” has not been defined.

According to the reports the Prime Minister was wearing a face mask through the ride and was accompanied by security officers. When questioned on the incident Hancock said “It is OK to go… if you went for a long walk and ended up seven miles away from home… that is OK. But you should stay local. You should not go from one side of the country to another, potentially taking the virus with you.

It is OK to go for a long walk or cycle ride or exercise, but stay local. Please get out there and take exercise, because it’s good for you, good for your mental and physical health.” Although he did fail to say what the term “local” means.


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