Group Quickly Pretends To Exercise When Police See Them Standing Around
A group of young men quickly broke out into mass exercise after being approached by a policeman for ignoring lockdown rules. Watch what happened below:
The men were outside a supermarket in Birmingham on Saturday afternoon when a policeman spotted them and walked over.
In the clip, as the officer gets nearer, one of the men quickly shouts out: "High knees everyone, high knees!" before adding: "Jumping jacks, let's go!" The entire group seem to get involved and join in with an on-the-spot workout.
Even the police officer can't resist cracking a smile as the men all begin working out in unison, while the man filming explains: "We're exercising, sir."
However, although it gave the cop a laugh, not everyone saw the funny side of the clip after it was shared on TikTok by @iKhristenCraft.
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One person commented: "My heart breaks for those working in the front line. They sacrifice their lives to save ours and you cannot do the bare minimum of staying home. You are practically laughing in their faces, at their sacrifices when you do things like this. How can you be OK with that?"
While a second added: "I just hope they're not in a hospital in a few weeks on a respirator thinking to themselves how did I catch Covid-19 and give to my family? Oh yeah me and my mates acted like total t**ts."
As of last Wednesday, Boris Johnson relaxed lockdown rules slightly, meaning that it's now permitted to exercise for an 'unlimited' amount of time and to travel via car to exercise. People from the same household may exercise together and you can meet up with one person who doesn't live with you as long as you stay two metres apart.
Mass gatherings, like the one in the clip above, are still not allowed - assuming all those fellas don't live together, of course. Anyone found breaching the rules can be hit with a £100 fine for a first offence, with this rising all the way up to £3,200 for a repeat offender.
Last week, the National Police Chief's Council (NPCC) released figures showing that more than 14,000 fines were handed out over lockdown breaches between 27 March and 11 May.
National Police Chiefs' Council Chair Martin Hewitt said: "The vast majority of people continue to do the right thing, which protects the NHS and helps save lives.
"The figures show our approach is proportionate with just 0.02 percent of the population in England and Wales being issued with a fine.
"I want to thank people for continuing to follow the regulations - I recognise it's not easy and that this is a challenging time for us all. Our approach of - engage, explain and encourage, and only as a last resort, enforce - will continue. It is working across the UK. I urge the public to keep going, keep following the advice."
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