Coronavirus: Updated guidance on green spaces after police use drones and road blocks to stop Peak District travel

The government has told people to exercise ‘close to home’ in update guidance on visiting green spaces during the coronavirus lockdown.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 8:32 am
Updated Saturday, 28th March 2020, 8:33 am

The update came after police forces used drones and roadblocks to deter members of the public from driving to beauty spots in the Peak District and other national parks to walk their dogs and exercise.

While the government has still not yet outright banned driving somewhere to exercise, it is strongly encouraging people not to do so.

The updated guidance says: “Exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day. Please use the following guidance in order to stay safe.”

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Matlock Bath was busy at the weekend as the public ignored social distancing advice. Copyright: JPIMedia

- Stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.

- You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household.

- Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times.

- Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this.

- If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.

- Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

At the weekend large numbers of people were seen visiting national parks in large groups, prompting the government to bring in the strict lockdown measures.