Brits warned easing lockdown ‘is not an excuse to sneak into friends’ houses’

A former government advisor warned Brits not to sneak into the houses of friends and family as lockdown restrictions ease across the UK.

From March 29 Brits will be allowed to meet up with up to six friends outside and play sports in outdoor facilities such as a tennis court.

It marks the first time people have legally been allowed to see more than one person since before Christmas.

Professor Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser to the Government, told Times Radio their new found freedom doesn’t give "people an excuse to sneak into" the houses of those they're socialising with.

Mr Walport warned: "The bottom line is, there is still quite a lot of infection about and we need to emphasise to people that the relax in the restrictions is outdoors and it doesn't give people an excuse to sneak into the house."

He reminded people airborne transmission is the easiest way the virus spreads and that although the virus "gets blown away much more easily" when you're outside, it is still present.

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Professor Walport said that just because the UK is coming out of winter and people are more comfortable going outside, they should be mindful of infection.

He added that there is still a lot of infection in the community, despite summer being a "safer time for most respiratory viruses," it is still present.

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Professor Walport said: "We know now that airborne transmission is the most important way which this virus transmits and clearly when you're outside it gets blown away much more easily.

"And it's one of the reasons that summer is a safer time for most respiratory viruses.

"We have just come out of a time of year when it takes people a certain amount of persuasion to be outside."

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