Published: 09:09, 17 April 2020
| Updated: 09:26, 17 April 2020
A new, concise list of what is and is not acceptable to do during lockdown has been released - and confirms that buying luxury items and alcohol is allowed.
It comes as the government revealed yesterday that everyone in the country will need to stay home for another three weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The list, from the National Police Chief Council and the College of Policing is titled 'What constitutes a reasonable excuse to leave the place where you live'.
It breaks the reasons into four categories: necessities, exercise, work and other.
For shopping, it explains that food - including snacks and alcohol -, tools and pet supplies can all be bought during lockdown.
Takeaways are still acceptable, as is collecting food from a friend or relative.
The document states: "There is no need for all a person’s shopping to be basic food supplies; the purchase of snacks and luxuries is still permitted.
"If a person is already out of the address with good reason, then it would not be proportionate to prevent the person from buying non-essential items.
"Food could include hot food from takeaways.
"Obtain includes purchasing, but could include collecting or sharing items, provided this is genuine."
But while buying tools to fix a fence is considered reasonable, buying paint and brushes simply to redecorate a kitchen is not.
The new guidelines also confirm it is not OK to visit a friend's house or meet in a public place, but that it is OK to move in with a friend for a 'cooling off' period if you're having problems at home such as arguments.
It also confirms that police should not be asking people for ID if they're out and about to prove they are an essential worker or volunteer.
The three page document also confirms that it is acceptable to drive to a place for exercise, and that breaks are permitted but sitting on a park bench for a long period is not.
It explains: "Exercise can come in many forms, including walks.
"Exercise must involve some movement, but it is acceptable for a person to stop for a break in exercise.
"However, a very short period of ‘exercise’ to excuse a long period of inactivity may mean that the person is not engaged in ‘exercise’ but in fact something else."
The full list of reasonable excuses to leave home include:
What is NOT considered a reasonable excuse to leave home:
To see the list, visit here.
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