London, Jan 12 (EFE) .- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the center of criticism for having been seen riding a bicycle far from his residence in London, despite the fact that the population is asked to exercise near his home as part of the current lockdown measures in England.
The newspapers reported on Tuesday that the head of the Government was seen on Sunday afternoon wearing a helmet, a mask and riding a bicycle in the Olympic Park, in east London and about eleven kilometers from his official residence, at 10 Downing Street .
While the rules on confinement are somewhat ambiguous, people are asked to limit their physical exercises – such as jogging, hiking or biking – to their “local” area.
The press highlights that Johnson is breaking the spirit of the rules after being seen on his bike in the Stratford neighborhood, where the Olympic park is, accompanied by his security personnel.
The Downing Street residence declined to comment on the walk that the politician made on Sunday afternoon.
Johnson likes a bike ride from central London to Stratford, which he apparently did when he lived in the Islington neighborhood of north London, according to the press.
The Prime Minister is passionate about cycling and, when he was Mayor of London, he would always ride it from Islington to the city hall on the River Thames.
Labor MP Andy Slaughter stated that the Head of Government should “lead by example” given that London has a high level of COVID-19 infections but that, Johnson is, “once again, do what I say and don’t that I do”.
This incident comes to light after several ministers endorsed the police decision last week to fine two women in Derbyshire, northern England, after they drove a five-mile drive to a park for a walk.
These fines were suspended last night and the Derbyshire Police apologized to the two women.
Government-imposed restrictions stress that one “must not travel outside of one’s local area” to exercise.
Infections have risen rapidly in recent weeks in the UK following the emergence of a new strain of the coronavirus last year in south-east England.
According to the latest official data, there were 46,169 new infections and 529 deaths yesterday.