Don’t stop your grousing … and other Covid rule-of-six exemptions

Shooting is not the only activity that can go ahead in England in groups of more than six

When the government announced that grouse shooting would be exempt from the “rule of six” coronavirus restrictions in England, it prompted widespread scorn.

While two families stopping in the street to chat was described as illegal mingling by the home secretary, Priti Patel, parties of up to 30 are permitted to meet for shooting and hunting trips, after a ministerial intervention ensured it would be classed as a licensed outdoor activity.

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