Police warn against travelling for exercise during coronavirus lockdown

Police have issued a fresh warning to UK runners and walkers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has urged the public not to drive to beauty spots for exercise and to only leave home when “absolutely essential”.

The announcement follows the extension of the UK lockdown, which continue for “at least” three weeks.

The Crown Prosecution Service has also shared information outlining what they consider constitutes a reasonable excuse for people to leave their home.

“First and foremost these powers are about keeping people safe so the most important thing we can do is continue to urge the public to stay at home and stay safe,” said a GMP spokesman.

“Do not drive to beauty spots or open spaces for exercise and only leave home where absolutely essential.

“Greater Manchester Police will continue to seek to engage with the public, explain to them what the Government guidelines are and encourage them to follow them before moving to enforcement if necessary.

“It is clear that this guidance issued by our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service still requires officers to use their discretion and judgement in deciding what is and what isn’t ‘reasonable’ in the circumstances and we will continue to do that.”

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