It is sunny. So can I go out?

The short answer to this is “no”.

The slightly longer answer is “no, but….”

But as it has been a while since we were all locked down, let us take a look at what you can and cannot do. Regulation 6 of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 states:

“no person may leave the place where they live without a reasonable excuse.” However it should be noted that this does not apply to homeless people

The Crown Prosecution Service have issued a practical guide as to what might and what might not constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive and the Police are required to use their discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn’t ‘reasonable’ in the circumstances.

Necessities

  • Buying basic food supplies, alcohol for several days
  • Buying a small amount of staple goods (bread, milk, pet food and newspapers)
  • Collecting surplus food by agreement with a friend
  • Buying takeaway food
  • Buying hardware supplies to make urgent repairs to a property (broken fence, leaking roof etc)

Exercise

  • Going for a run, cycling or practising yoga
  • Going to work an allotment
  • Driving to the countryside to go for a walk (as long as the length of the drive is not disproportionate)
  • Stopping for a break in exercise to take food or to rest
  • Going out more than once to exercise. The key factor here is whether it is reasonable or not.

Going to work

  • Key workers performing their normal duties. This includes work by blue light services, NHS staff, Care workers, bin men, food store workers and deliverers, press and journalists and the distribution of newspapers.
  • Work by non key workers that cannot reasonably be carried out at home
  • Delivering food packages to vulnerable people

Please note that there is no requirement for a worker to carry proof with them that they are going about legitimate work. The Police should NOT ask for ID or documentation. There is no requirement for volunteers to be working for a registered charity.

As with all these things the reasonableness test applies. If you are reasonable with the Police you can expect the Police to be reasonable with you.

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