With a sunny and warm Bank Holiday weekend forecast, people are likely to want to venture outside – but there are time limits on the amount of outside activity you should be doing during the coronavius lockdown.
For almost three weeks now people in the UK have been asked to stay at home as much as possible to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
Under the new guidance people are only allowed to leave their house for four reasons:
- Infrequent shopping for essentials
- One form of exercise a day
- For a medical need or to care for the vulnerable
- Work – but only if it cannot be done from home.
People have understandably questioned what counts as daily exercise and if you're allowed to drive to get exercise or walk your dog.
And they're keen to follow the rules as police now have the power to punish those going against the new regulations, by fining them or even arresting them – reports Bristol Live.
But you can go out and enjoy the sunshine for a little while, with the government stating that one daily exercise alone or with people you live with could include a walk, a run, or a cycle outdoors or in local parks.
While there has been no official guidance about how long you should be out for, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove did speak about the issue on the Andrew Marr show last weekend.
He said a “walk of up to an hour” would be appropriate for most people as their daily exercise during the lockdown.
Mr Gove said: “Well, obviously it depends on each individual’s fitness.
“But I would have thought that for most a walk of up to an hour, or a run of 30 minutes, or a cycle ride between that, depending on their level of fitness, is appropriate.”
Government guidance says that, even when doing these activities, you should be minimising the time spent outside the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.