Police filmed breaking up group of people exercising outside near a gym in Essex

A video shared on Facebook shows police break up a group of people exercising outside near a gym in Essex on the grounds it is an "unauthorised event" during the lockdown.

In the clip, filmed at Wych Elm, Harlow, people in jogging bottoms and tracksuits lift weights and dumbells, while others seem to be in the process of packing up their belongings.

There are around seven police officers at the scene, in what looks like a car park, and it appears the cops are making sure the fitness fans are leaving and going home.

A group of people working out at the "event" appear to be sticking to social distancing guidelines in the footage.

Ripped Gym shared the clip, recorded last Sunday, November 8, on its Facebook page.

In a caption with a shrug and thumbs down emoji, it wrote: "Seems you're NOT allowed to exercise outside."

The footage has since received more than 1,000 comments, with viewers divided about if they support the fitness fans or the police.

One person fumed: "All those police for people exercising.

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"What a disgrace! How is this wrong?"

But someone blasted that a "£10k fine should be issued" to people in attendance.

Under the new coronavirus restrictions, which came into force in England on November 5, the government has stipulated that "you can exercise outdoors, or visit outdoor public places, with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household".

The rules differ quite a lot from the first lockdown in March, where people in groups of six from separate households were allowed to meet up outdoors.

Essex Police said in a statement: "We attended an unauthorised event in Wych Elm, Harlow on Sunday 8 November.

"Our officers engaged with those in attendance and explained the new regulations and they left peacefully."

Daily Star Online has approached Ripped Gym for comment.

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