Scots cops issue warning over group exercise sessions at park

Cops have issued a warning as people flock to a Scots park to take part in group exercise sessions.

A reminder of the current lockdown rules have been issued by the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde division amid the gatherings in Bashaw Park in Paisley.

Scotland has now gone a week without a death linked to coronavirus.

But Local Community Inspector Tracy Harkins reminded those going to the park that they only groups of 15 from five different households could meet.

He said: “It is fantastic that people are now able to participate in outdoor group exercise- however, I’d like to remind local residents that they should continue to follow the current government guidelines in relation to public gatherings.

“At the moment the Scottish Government advises that no more than 15 people from a maximum of five households gather together at any one time.

“Over the past few months the vast majority of local residents have abided by the government advice and I’d like to ask them for a little more patience to help ensure the long term safety and wellbeing of our community.”

Locals on social media said that they had seen large gatherings in the park.

One wrote: “The other week there had been an exercise class on the Barwood football pitch with what looked like 50 people taking part”

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But others thought there were bigger issues to tackle.

Another wrote: “From the photos I seen, everyone was more than 2m apart and away off the walking path in the park. Probably safer than simply walking down the street past hundreds of people.

“Paisley Town centre is heaving today. Theres no social distancing going on there at all, the boot camp was fine.”

Daily Record – Paisley