Short quarantine walks were allowed in England

Driving to take a walk is lawful during England lockdown, police told.

A document published by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the professional standards body the College of Policing says public statements made soon after the adoption of the lockdown regulations suggested members of the public could leave their homes only if “essential” to do so.

However, the document says the legal basis for police is in fact whether someone has a “reasonable excuse”.

The document categorically states it is “lawful to drive for exercise”. However, driving for a prolonged period for only brief exercise would “not likely” be a reasonable excuse.

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