Full list of ‘reasonable excuses’ to shop, drive and exercise

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In an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus across Britain, a number of restrictions have been implemented.

The document, which emerged on Thursday and was sent to forces last week amid concerns some officers were misunderstanding the new powers, lists a string of scenarios which were likely to be considered reasonable under coronavirus lockdown rules.

These included driving to the countryside and walking, when far more time is spent walking than driving, and stopping to rest or eat lunch while on a long walk.

We've rounded up the current restrictions on shopping, exercising and driving.

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Police on patrol at New Brighton.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

If you wish to read the full list of restrictions, click here.

Shopping rules

You can:

  • Buy several days' worth of food, including luxury items and alcohol
  • Buy a small amount of a staple item or necessity (for example a newspaper, pet food, a loaf of bread or pint of milk)
  • Collect surplus basic food items from a friend
  • Buy tools and supplies to repair a fence panel damaged in bad weather

If you're out on your weekly shop, you won't stopped from browsing the "non-essential" aisles.

The document adds that people have a reason to visit shops as long as they're open so it's not appropriate to stop them purchasing items considered to be "non-essentials".

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Exercising rules

You can:

  • Go for a run or cycle or practise yoga.

  • Walk in the countryside or in cities

  • Attend an allotment

  • Drive to the countryside and walk, when far more time is spent walking than driving
  • Stop to rest or eat lunch while on a long walk

Driving rules

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In these cases it is lawful to drive.

However, you must remember to abide by social distancing rules, therefore either driving by yourself or with a member of your household.

You should only really leave your home when it is essential.

  • Driving to countryside and walking (where far more time is spent walking than driving).

  • A key worker or other essential worker travelling to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home.

  • A non-key worker or non-essential key worker travelling to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home.

  • A person delivering food packages to vulnerable people.

  • Providing support to vulnerable people.

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.

  • Drive for any medical need, or to provide care.

Yesterday (April 22), health secretary Matt Hancock said the UK was "at the peak" of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking at the House of Commons: "I just want to thank everyone from across the country for their steadfast commitment in following the rules, including in this House.

"It is making a difference. We are at the peak. But before we relax any social distancing rules or make changes to them we have set out the five tests that have to be met."

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