Published: 09:12, 07 March 2021
| Updated: 08:25, 09 March 2021
Barber Metin Warwick had called for people to gather near the cafe in the park, saying: "Bring family, friends, dogs, cats, kids, or just come alone because you won't feel alone when you get there."
But it was a different story this morning after Kent Online drew attention yesterday to his plans, which were criticised by the council and police for breaking Covid rules.
In a Facebook post today, Mr Warwick, 39, said: "Unfortunately I won't be exercising at Mote Park today due to a planned police presence after the local rag decided to do their part in causing problems.
"I don't want to see anyone get fined nor arrested and that's what will happen, mark my words!"
Mr Warwick achieved notoriety in November last year after continuing to operate his barber's business during lockdown against the rules. He was visited by the police and ultimately locked out of his rented premises in Churchill Square in Kings Hill by his landlord.
Under existing lockdown restrictions, it is still illegal to travel away from home and meet in groups.
Kent Police warned that regular patrols would be undertaken and any Covid breaches would be dealt with.
Temperatures in Maidstone this morning are barely above freezing.