FLYERS have been strewn across Hampshire inviting people to a mass gathering against the lockdown - leaving many residents angry.

It was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday that people could do unlimited exercise rather than the previous restriction of one daily exercise.

However, lockdown measures still instruct people to keep up social distancing of two metres and to stay alert.

But now, organisers of the mass gathering event due to take place on Southampton Common, are encouraging people to "say no to the coronavirus bill" and "no to the unlawful lockdown".

Residents across the region fear it could contribute to a second peak in the coronavirus pandemic.

One person said: "Just look at Germany. They eased their lockdown on Wednesday. This weekend they had a rise in cases. Enough said. Stay safe people."

While another said: "Let them do it. In fact, encourage them to do it, it's Darwinism. But would also like them to agree not to expect NHS treatment once they are infected."

One event is set to take place on Saturday at 12pm, as well as another mass gathering event on Sunday afternoon, at Debenhams Park near the skate ramp.

A flyer reads: "If you're willing to give up your freedom for fake safety, you really don't deserve either."

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: "We are currently reviewing information we have received regarding a mass gathering being organised in Southampton this coming weekend.

"We are really grateful to those who contacted us about this and we will continue to assess the information we have in the coming days.

"Our response will be in line with the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 which currently prohibits large gatherings of people to limit the spread of COVID-19."