Concerns have been raised regarding some people apparently not continuing to adhere to Government coronavirus lockdown guidance. Devon and Cornwall Police have endeavoured to clarify exactly how they are interpreting and implementing the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown rules for tourists and second home owners.
The Devon and Cornwall Police website provides an excellent COVID-19 FAQ page which answers all of the most common queries.
The key point to remember is that only essential journeys are permitted. Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, holiday lets, camp sites, caravan parks or similar – whether for isolation purposes or for holidays. People must continue to remain in their primary residence.
There are just four key reasons when it is acceptable to leave your home:
- Shopping for essentials only (groceries, medication etc.) This should be carried out as infrequently as possible.
- One form of exercise per day such as a walk, run or cycle ride. This may be carried out alone or with other members of your household.
- To fulfil medical needs or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only when it is not possible to work from home.
When engaged in these activities it is recommended that people minimise the amount of time they spend away from home and always remain at least 2 metres away from anyone outside of the household.
There are many specific circumstances that are not clearly addressed by these restrictions. For example, is it OK for a key worker to be driven to work by another member of their household and is it OK to travel and stay with a vulnerable relative to support them through this crisis? The previously referenced list of questions and answers on the Devon and Cornwall Police website answers these and many other commonly asked questions regarding what’s acceptable in these difficult times.
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