• Jen Sinclair

Clarification on the rules from NPCC

The National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) has issued fresh guidance to police officers in England to enable government policy to be interpreted.


Shopping - what you can do:

- 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 - Shoppers who have gone out on their weekly shop to fill their cupboards, fridges and freezers will not be stopped from heading down "non-essential" aisles on their trip.

Shopping - what you cannot do:

- Buy a pot of paint and brushes to simply undertake redecoration of a room (for example), as the regulations relate to upkeep and maintenance, not renovation.

Activities - What is allowed:

- Going for a run or cycle, practising yoga, walking in the countryside or in cities or attending an allotment

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

- Stopping to rest or to eat lunch while on a long walk

- In some circumstances, exercising more than once per day

Activities - What is not allowed:

- Driving for a prolonged period with only brief exercise

- A short walk to a park bench, when the person remains seated for a much longer period

- Sitting or sunbathing in the park is not permitted, but having a rest during a workout is fine.

Work - What you can do:

- Key workers or other essential workers can travel to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home

- Some non-key workers or non-essential key workers can travel to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home

- Deliver food packages to vulnerable people

Work: What you cannot do:

- Work in a local park if you're allowed to work from home

- Knock on doors offering to do cash-in-hand work.

Lockdown: The dos and do nots. Other reasons to leave home - what you can do:

- Go to the vet if your pet needs essential treatment

- Move to a friend's address for several days to "cool off" following an argument at home

- Provide support to vulnerable people

Lockdown - What you cannot do:

- Visit a vet's surgery in person to renew a prescription (where this could be done over the phone)

- Visiting a friend in their address or meeting in public to socialise

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