Fun in the sun as friends from different households able to meet in Havant parks as 'Rule of Six' reintroduced

FRIENDS and family members able to meet outside are enjoying glorious sunshine today (March 29).

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:00 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 5:42 pm
From left: Wendy Murray, Lisa Bailey, and Karen Spooner. These three friends were out for a walk at Staunton Country Park today. Picture: Emily Turner

In green spaces across the Havant area, small groups of people from different households are seeing each other face to face to catch up and soak up some sun.

The ‘Rule of Six’ came into effect today, meaning that people can meet outdoors with friends or family they do not live with - either in a group of up to six from any number of households, or in a group of any size from up to two households.

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From left, Isabel, three, with mum Alexandra Emily, and their friends Angela Ximna and her son Stefan, also three. Picture: Emily Turner

Sunny weather is also drawing members of the same household out into parks across the area.

Small groups of people were sitting on Havant park’s grass earlier today, enjoying a bright Monday lunchtime.

Jane Partridge visited the park along with her husband Barry, daughter Amanda, and granddaughter Millie.

She said: ‘It’s perfect weather to be outside and spending time with our lovely granddaughter.’

Little Millie, two, out with her grandparents and auntie in the sunshine at Havant park. From left: Barry Partridge, Jane Partridge, and Amanda Partridge. Picture: Emily Turner

Dog walkers met with friends and family in Staunton Country Park to stretch their legs and take in the weather.

Verity Skates, who was out with her friend Kate Clifford and Kate’s dog Harley, said: ‘There are lots of people here at Staunton today enjoying the sunshine.

‘It’s so nice to be outside doing something.

‘Kate and I met years ago when our children were at school – it must be so hard for families of babies born during the pandemic.’

Sisters Leila, Hannah, and Amina Souhaid enjoying a lunch break in Havant park. The three girls all work in supermarkets, and Leila is also a student. Picture: Emily Turner

Although the ‘Rule of Six’ has come into play, many other restrictions remain in place - people must not socialise indoors with anyone they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with.

Two friends out enjoying the weather at Staunton Country Park. Verity Skates, left, and Kate Clifford with her dog Harley, have known each other for ten years after meeting one another in their children's school playground. Picture: Emily Turner