There are 13 reasons why people can leave their homes without being stopped by police under the new coronavirus emergency measures.
Police across Merseyside and England were given new powers last week to stop, fine or arrest people who fail to comply with the new coronavirus law.
Under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, people can leave where they are living to exercise once a day, to shop for basic necessities, but also for lesser known purposes such as donating blood.
The new legislation states such measures under the emergency period will last six months, with a review every three weeks.
The first review is being carried out on April 16.
If members of the public do not comply with the new law, they could face an initial £60 fine. Second-time offenders could be hit with a £120 charge, doubling on each further repeat offence.
Anyone who does not pay can be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines.
If someone still refuses to comply the police can arrest them.
Merseyside Police Chief Constable Andy Cooke asked the public to work with the force and urged them "not to criticise" as people expressed concerns with how police were handling the newly-imposed powers.
He said: "This is not the time to be criticising the police for a small number of misinterpretations of the legislation and advice.
"The vast, vast majority of my colleagues are doing the right thing to keep you safe in difficult circumstances.
"Please support us and work with us."
The reasonable reasons you can leave where you're living:
Under The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, the place where a person is living includes the premises where they live together with any garden, yard, passage, stair, garage, outhouse or other appurtenance of such premises.
It does not apply to any person who is homeless.
A reasonable excuse includes the need:
- To obtain basic necessities, including food and medical supplies for those in the same household (including any pets or animals in the household) or for vulnerable persons and supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, or the household of a vulnerable person, or to obtain money, including from any business listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2.
- To take exercise either alone or with other members of their household.
- To seek medical assistance, including to access any of the services referred to in paragraph 37 or 38 of Schedule 2.
- To provide care or assistance, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006(a), to a vulnerable person, or to provide emergency assistance;
- To donate blood;
- To travel for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible for that person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living;
- To attend a funeral of—(i) a member of the person’s household,
(ii) a close family member, or
(iii) if no-one within sub-paragraphs (i) or (ii) are attending, a friend;
- To fulfil a legal obligation, including attending court or satisfying bail conditions, or to participate in legal proceedings;
- To access critical public services, including—
(i) childcare or educational facilities (where these are still available to a child in relation to whom that person is the parent, or has parental responsibility for, or care of the child);(ii) social services;
(iii) services provided by the Department of Work and Pensions;
(iv) services provided to victims (such as victims of crime);
- In relation to children who do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents, to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children, and for the purposes of this paragraph, “parent” includes a person who is not a parent of the child, but who has parental responsibility for, or who has care of, the child;
- In the case of a minister of religion or worship leader, to go to their place of worship;
- To move house where reasonably necessary;
- To avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm.
During the emergency period, no person can congregate in a gathering in a public place of more than two people.
However there are circumstances where this is allowed, including:
- Where all the persons in the gathering are members of the same household,
- Where the gathering is essential for work purposes,
- To attend a funeral,
- Where reasonably necessary—(i) to facilitate a house move,
(ii) to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person, including relevant personal care within the meaning of paragraph 7(3B) of Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Groups Act 2006,
(iii) to provide emergency assistance, or
(iv) to participate in legal proceedings or fulfil a legal obligation.
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What else you should know
Under strict measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier last week, people are only allowed to leave the house for specific reasons: