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Priti Patel appeared to be confused about Covid-19 rules today, when she wrongly suggested people should exercise alone.

Government guidance clearly states people in England are allowed to exercise outdoors with one other person from a different household.

The guidance makes clear that in England someone is allowed to exercise outdoors with one other person from a different household.

Asked whether the rules were clear, Ms Patel told ITV's This Morning: "The clarity is exercising on your own and not socialising."

She added: "The point to make about any exercise – yes, it should be local, people exercise differently.

"But exercise on your own and don't use it for a social meeting."

She said "cycling is fine, because you are on your own, you should not be cycling with other cyclists".

Ms Patel continued: "Running, exactly in the same way because you are on your own, walking on your own."

The Home Secretary appeared confused about the rules
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The guidance produced by the Government says people can exercise outdoors on their own, with their household or support bubble, in a childcare bubble where providing childcare or – if alone – with one person from another household.

It is the second time this week that Ms Patel appears to have got the rules wrong.

At a Downing Street press conference, she said that "outdoor recreation" is permitted in a "restricted and limited way" – despite it being prohibited during the lockdown.

Aides said she misspoke and meant to say exercise rather than recreation.

On This Morning she said runners were not required to wear a mask after being shown footage of a Covid marshal stopping a jogger for breathing heavily.

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"We are clear in the rules that you can exercise on a daily basis but not socialise," she said.

"You can't run and wear a mask, that's not practical and that's not sensible."

The Home Secretary again defended Boris Johnson's bike ride seven miles away from Downing Street in east London's Olympic Park.

"If you are in a London borough, London boroughs are big places in terms of cycling and walking," she said.

But when it was pointed out Mr Johnson went out of Westminster, Ms Patel said: "London is a big geography in terms of cycling – five miles, 10 miles – many people cycle big distances and that's normal to them."