New lock rules mean you can drive anywhere and meet someone from another house

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People are now free to drive somewhere to exercise, “regardless” of the distance.

From Wednesday May 13, you can also meet outside someone from another household, as long as you respect the rule of the social distance of two meters.

This means that if you wanted to walk or jog with a friend or relative or just sit in the park and chat, you can now.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman for Downing Street on Monday confirmed that under the new coronavirus lockout rules, someone can meet someone outside their home in an outdoor setting such as a park.

He said, “You can go to the park with your household and, while at the moment you have to exercise, you can do it for your leisure.

“So you can sit with family members or those of you in the same household, you can sunbathe or have a picnic or whatever.” It’s a thing.

“Alternatively, if you go out, you could meet another person who is not part of your household in the park and, provided they stay two meters from you, you can sit side by side and chat, sunbathe, do whatever you want.

“What you cannot do is combine these two things. You cannot go out with your household by adding another person. “

The government released its “roadmap” on Monday, containing further guidance on easing lock restrictions.

But despite the change in focus, many popular beauty sites still encourage visitors to stay away.

The Cumbria tourist office, headquarters of the Lake District, tweeted Sunday evening: “We are shocked by the schedule and the short notice of the announcement tonight.

“We are waiting for more details, but the safety of residents must come first.

“For now, Cumbria’s tourism businesses remain closed and we urge everyone to continue to #StayHome. “

What can I do from Wednesday May 13 that I couldn’t do before?

There will be a limited number of things you can do from Wednesday that you cannot do now:

  • spending time outdoors – for example, sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing
  • meet someone from another household outside – following the social distancing guidelines
  • exercise outdoors as often as you like – following the guidelines for social isolation
  • use outdoor sports grounds or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or a golf course – with members of your household or another person while staying within 2 meters of each other
  • go to a garden center

As before, you cannot:

  • visiting friends and family at home
  • work out at an indoor sports ground, gym or recreation center, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use a gym or outdoor playground
  • visit a private or paid attraction
  • meet in groups of more than two people (excluding members of your own household), with the exception of a few specific exceptions provided by law (for work, funerals, relocations, support for vulnerable people , in case of emergency and to fulfill legal obligations)

If you have symptoms of coronavirus, or if you or a member of your household is self-isolated, you must stay at home

The government’s new 60-page lockout strategy has also advised people in England not to travel to Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, who have different rules.

The report says, “People can drive to outdoor open spaces at any distance, as long as they follow social distance advice while they are there, as it does not involve contact with people outside. of your household.

“When traveling to outdoor spaces it is important that people follow the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and do not travel to different parts of the UK where this would be contrary to directives or regulations issued by the competent delegated administration. “

The rule change comes after SAGE, the government’s science advisory group, said the risk of infection with Covid-19 outdoors is “significantly lower indoors.”

But reports warn that loosening the lock carries “some risk” and that the restrictions may be tightened again if the infection rate increases.

The report says, “It is important that everyone continues to act responsibly, as the vast majority have done so far.

“The infection rate will increase if people start breaking these rules and, for example, mixing in groups in the parks, which will lead to the need for further restrictions. “

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