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Ministers backtrack on advice only children without gardens can play outside

Cabinet Office makes ‘over-zealous’ statement on playground use after children ordered home by police

MPs have expressed anger after the government appeared to suggest rules on children playing outdoors were stricter than for adults exercising – forcing Matt Hancock to clarify that all youngsters are allowed to play outside.

The controversy arose over a statement from the Cabinet Office which suggested children should not meet another child for exercise and that they should only use playgrounds if they did not have a private garden. Currently, adults are allowed to meet one other person outdoors for their daily exercise.

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