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Fight Breaks Out As Crowds Gather To Celebrate Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions

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Fight Breaks Out As Crowds Gather To Celebrate Easing Of Lockdown Restrictions

A fight broke out at a park in Nottingham as people flocked to the area to celebrate the easing of lockdown measures.

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Hundreds of people visited the Arboretum in Nottingham city centre yesterday, with many seemingly misunderstanding how much lockdown restrictions had actually eased and ignoring social distancing rules at the packed out park.

At one point, a fight broke out while large numbers of people gathered around to watch the scrap, throwing drinks on the fighters.

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According to reports, large piles of rubbish, including empty beer cans and bottles, were left behind after people made the most of the end of the 'stay at home rule'.

Not a great look, is it?

As of yesterday, the 'rule of six' is back in place, meaning up to six people - from different households - can meet outside, and the two household rule allows more than six people to meet up outside, provided they are not from more than two households.

Outdoor sport is also back on the cards for the first time this year.

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Credit: Ashley Kirk
Credit: Ashley Kirk

On Sunday, ahead of the restrictions easing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to 'remain cautious'.

He said: "I know how much people have missed the camaraderie and competition of organised sport, and how difficult it has been to restrict physical activities - especially for children.

"So as teams return to outdoor pitches, courts, parks and fields, I hope today will kick-start a Great British summer of sport - with people of all ages reunited with teammates, and able to resume the activities they love.

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"I know many will welcome the increased social contact, with groups of 6 or two households now also able to meet outdoors.

"But we must remain cautious, with cases rising across Europe and new variants threatening our vaccine rollout. Despite today's easements, everyone must continue to stick to the rules, remember hands, face, space, and come forward for a vaccine when called."

Credit: Ashley Kirk
Credit: Ashley Kirk

The government's website explains: "The evidence shows that it is safer for people to meet outdoors rather than indoors.

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"And this is why from 29 March, when most schools start to break up for the Easter holidays, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households will also be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside."

Featured Image Credit: Ashley Kirk

Topics: UK News, lockdown

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