Exercise during lockdown: Devon and Cornwall Police issue latest guidance on Covid-19


Devon and Cornwall Police have taken to social media to issue an exercise warning to help relieve pressure on health services as Covid cases rise.
It comes after county police forces said they would take a tougher approach with those who break the rules.

In recent days, it has been reported that police have arrested walkers at beauty spots, asked passengers leaving trains to explain the purpose of their trip, and fined people for exercising in ten minutes drive from their home.

Now the Devon and Cornwall force has urged residents of both counties to do their part.

A statement on Twitter read: “Leaving your home to exercise is a good thing to do, but stay local and walk or cycle if you can. Help reduce the pressure on frontline services.

“With the current situation regarding Covid-19, we are living in unprecedented times. With that in mind, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions you might have. ”

The police advise you to:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Only leave your home if you have a reasonable excuse to do so
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people you don’t live with
  • Keep your distance if you go out (two meters if possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave the house if you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms.

However, there is still some confusion about how far you can go for exercise. The government website states, “You should minimize the time you spend outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside of your area. ”

There is nothing to say what constitutes a “local area”.

Derbyshire Police have come under fire after fining two women £ 200 each for driving five miles to exercise at a local beauty center.

People are urged to visit gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest guidelines and official announcements.


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