Group pictured playing hockey in Sheffield despite gatherings still being banned

A group of seven men have been pictured playing a game of hockey in Sheffield despite large gatherings still being banned under current UK law.

Sunday, 31st May 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 12:23 pm

The men were pictured playing on a concrete sports court close to Fox Road and Daniel Hill in Upperthorpe. They were seen arriving in four separate cars.

Under current UK law, people in England can currently only meet with one other person in a public space.

The lockdown breach has been reported to South Yorkshire Police.

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A group of seven men were pictured playing hockey in Sheffield on Sunday morning.

From Monday, 1 June groups of no more than six people from different households in England will be able to exercise together.

The Government will be publishing further guidance on the new rules from Monday, which will include advising people to wash their hands and avoid sharing sports equipment.

Outdoor gyms, playgrounds and swimming pools will remain closed.

From Monday, elite athletes and professional sportsmen and women will also be able to resume competitive sport behind closed doors in England for the first time in three months.

Sport and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said new measures will allow team sport players to train together from a two-metre distance, or for people to take part in outdoor fitness sessions.

He said: "We are working hard to get grassroots sport back up and running safely too, so that people can reunite with their own football, rugby or cricket teammates and get back on their pitches, fields or athletic tracks.

"But we will only do this when it is safe and appropriate to do so, based upon scientific advice."