AT least 40 people were pictured at a 'christening party' in Oxford on Sunday (March 7) despite Covid-19 restrictions.

Shocked residents blasted the gathering held at the Port Meadow car park in Wolvercote, which is believed to have been attended by a priest.

One eyewitness, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she heard guests singing church songs and the priest thanking thanking everyone who had travelled to 'celebrate the baptism'.

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She added that more people were seen parking and joining the large group by the river.

The photo shows dozens of mask-free people standing closely to each other.

Under current rules, only 30 people are allowed at funerals so long as social distancing is strictly adhered to.

Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as wakes, stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.

And weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people.

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