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Hunting excluded from coronavirus ‘rule of six’ restriction in ‘bonkers’ exemption

BLOOD sports are exempt from the “rule of six” restriction that came into force this week, it emerged today.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be facing a fresh row over his new coronavirus rule that outlaws social gatherings of more than six people — with exceptions for workplaces, hospitality venues, sports clubs, wedding receptions and protests.

Guidance published late on Sunday states that grouse shooting and other hunting with guns are exempt because they are covered by a loophole that permits licensed “outdoor activity.” It appears that fox hunting may not be exempt, but the current position is unclear.

Labour’s shadow environment secretary Luke Pollard said: “Across the country, people are struggling to get Covid-19 tests anywhere near their homes.

“But the Conservatives are distracted with trying to exempt the blood-sport passions of their big donors from coronavirus regulations. It shows where this government’s priorities really lie.

“It is clear there’s one rule for the Cabinet and their mates and another for the rest of us.”

Former Tory minister Tracey Crouch said it is “bonkers” that the government is “prioritising shooting animals.”

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