Downing Street has insisted that Boris Johnson’s controversial bike ride seven miles from home was “nothing special”.
The Prime Minister’s press secretary Allegra Stratton added that any member of the public who wants to do the same should “try”.
Number 10 insisted that the Prime Minister act “within the leadership” by traveling to Stratford Olympic Park to ride a bike – though several parks were within walking distance of his home, the Spiegel Reports.
The remarks came after Labor accused the Prime Minister of hypocrisy over the incident on Sunday.
The official guidelines state: “If you leave home for a valid reason, you should always stay there – unless there is a need to go further, such as going to work.”
“To stay local means to stay in the village, town, or part of town that you live in.”
Ms Stratton said the Prime Minister, an avid cyclist, would not stop cycling.
She said: “There is nothing special about the Prime Minister going on a bike ride, and it shouldn’t be. We encourage all members of the public to exercise once a day, and if that’s a bike ride, do it. “
A prime minister’s spokesman said it was up to the public to “make their judgment” as to whether a particular trip was within the rules.
Number 10 did not say how far one can travel to exercise, and a spokesperson avoided a question about whether people can exercise by car or using public transport.
The comments come after City Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said Mr Johnson did not break the law during the bike ride.
However, Dame Cressida asked for more clarity on the Covid regulations.
A number 10 source insisted last night that the prime minister had not broken any rules.
They said: “The Prime Minister trained on site according to the Covid guidelines.
“There’s nothing in the rules that says you can’t go anywhere to do sports.”