Rules on having a BBQ or bonfire during lockdown

As the UK continues to enjoy the warm weather, questions have been asked about lockdown rules.

This includes if you're allowed to have a BBQ or a bonfire.

Guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing (CoP) last week gives more advice to police on how to interpret the lockdown restriction laws – known as the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

The legislation gives them powers to fine those in breach.

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Details of the document emerged on Thursday after it was issued to forces amid concerns some officers were misunderstanding the new powers.

But with the weather being so nice the question of whether we can enjoy a BBQ have been asked as well as if we can light a bonfire after spending time having a huge clear out, reports the Manchester Evening News.

As for BBQs, there's nothing stopping you having one.

However it can't be the usual grand occasion as having friends or family round, unless you live in the same household, is a big no-no.

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Having a BBQ in your own garden with members of your household is allowed.

But you should avoid having a BBQ on a balcony as debris can drift to other levels and pose a fire risk to other floors.

As for bonfires, while they are not off the cards, common sense and consideration for you neighbours should prevail.

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said earlier this month that it had additional pressures and challenges since the virus outbreak with firefighters having to attend an increasing number of call-outs to bonfires.

So they say that whilst it's tempting to burn some garden rubbish, please, consider your neighbours and the emergency services who are already stretched and keep your local community safe.