Coronavirus: When Can I Go Outside?
Posted on 14th April 2020
We’ve all heard it that many times now that I think some of the local Solicitors in Garstang at MG Legal could recite Boris’ speech. However in this instance we are of course referring to the “outside for exercise once a day” and the when the Heath Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 were published it was quite clear that the Government were only expecting people to leave home for limited specified reasons, including exercise!
MG Legal’s team, have noticed that this stance has been heavily criticised as is disproportionately affects families with disabilities.
As a result the Government has confirmed the guidance has been amended.
The guidance now states: ‘You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.’
For those living with autism or who may be on the autistic spectrum the amendment has been heralded as a proportionate and sensible amendment which has provided much needed clarity in these unprecedented circumstances.
For those of you still a little unsure as to when you are not permitted out of the house, our team of Solicitors in Garstang have read over the new regulations and listed the “reasonable excuses” for when you may leave your home:
• Shopping for basic necessities such as food or medicine
• To take exercise (the guidelines suggest once a day save for the above, in Wales it is law that you can only exercise once a day)
• Seeking medical assistance or to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
• Providing care or assistance to a vulnerable person, providing emergency assistance or when donating blood
• Travelling to work or to carry out voluntary services but only where it not possible to do this from home
• Attending the funeral of a member of your household or close family member
• Fulfilling legal obligations such as satisfying bail requirements or participating in legal proceedings
• Accessing critical public services such as victim support or social services
• Allowing children of separated parents to move between both households
• Moving house where reasonable necessary and as long as the social distancing rules are adhered to
Your local Solicitors, MG Legal, are doing all we can to support you and any legal needs you may have during this time by ensuring that we have facilities to work remotely, expediting Client Care documents and providing video link calls.
Should you need us do not hesitate to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01995 602 129.
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