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