Lockdown Checklist: Police List of “Reasonable Apologies” for Being Out in the Coronavirus Crisis


Police chiefs have issued new directives to the British on what constitutes a “reasonable excuse” for being outside during the coronavirus lockdown.

It happens that Dominic Raab has extended the lockout for another three weeks, until May 7.

During the lockout, the British were asked to go out only once a day to exercise or buy essentials.

Now, police have said that cooling off after an argument, buying alcohol, taking your pet to the vet, or resting on a walk are some of the reasons to be at home. outside the house.

The list was published by the National Council of Chiefs of Police and the College of Policing [NPCC] and also says that buying food for “several days”, including luxury items and alcohol, is also a valid excuse.

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You are allowed to go to supermarkets and buy luxury items and alcohol

You are also allowed to help the vulnerable or to stay with a friend for a while to “calm down” after an argument.

The NPCC said the list will help officers interpret government advice.

This comes after more than 3,200 fines were imposed on people considered to be breaking the rules in England between March 27 and April 13.

Shopping – What you can do:

  • Buy several days of food, including luxury items and alcohol
  • Buy a small amount of a basic or necessary item (for example a newspaper, animal feed, a loaf of bread or a pint of milk)
  • Collect excess basic food from a friend
  • Purchase tools and supplies to repair a damaged weathering fence panel

If you are in your weekly store, you will not stop walking the “non-essential” aisles.

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The document adds that people have a reason to visit stores while they are open, so it is not appropriate to prevent them from buying items considered “non-essential”.

You can’t go out to buy DIY products to “furnish a room”

Shopping – What you can’t do:

  • Police say it is unreasonable to go out for DIY supplies so that you can arrange your kitchen, for example.

Exercise – What is allowed:

  • Go running or biking, practicing yoga, walking in the countryside or in the city or attending a housing estate
  • Driving in the countryside and walking (where you spend a lot more time walking than driving)
  • Stop for rest or lunch during a long walk
  • In some circumstances, exercise more than once a day

You can stop to rest – if you exercise

Exercise – What is not allowed:

  • Driving for an extended period with only brief exercises
  • A short walk to a park bench, when the person remains seated for a much longer period

Sunbathing in parks is not allowed, but resting during an outdoor workout is allowed.

Police say the exercise “must involve some movement”.

Sunbathing is not allowed

Work – What you can do:

  • Key workers or other essential workers can go to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from their home
  • Some non-key workers or non-essential key workers may go to work where it is not reasonably possible to work from home
  • Deliver food packages to vulnerable people.

Work – What you can’t do:

  • People who can work from home by choosing to work in a local park
  • Knock on doors to do cash work

The government has clarified who is a key worker and who is allowed to go to work or take their children to school during the day.

However, some non-key workers have been allowed to travel if they cannot work from home or if their employer forces them to enter.

The guidelines also state that you cannot work in local gardens or parks while working from home.

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Other reasons to leave home – what you can do:

  • Go to the vet for essential treatment
  • Move to a friend’s address for several days to allow “cooling” after arguments at home
  • Provide support to vulnerable people.

What you cannot do:

  • Visit a vet’s surgery in person to renew a prescription (where it could be done over the phone)
  • Visit a friend at their address or meet in public to socialize


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