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Cornish residents urged not to travel amid lockdown guidance

Cornish residents urged not to travel amid lockdown guidance

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 11:00am 4th April 2020.

Residents in Cornwall are being reminded to stay indoors unless it is absolutely essential as we head into the second weekend in lockdown. 

Devon and Cornwall Police said the Government advice remains the same in a bid to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. In order to stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives, we are being reminded to do the following:

  • Only go outside for essential food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms

There has been much discussion around what the legislation does and doesn’t specifically prohibit. The legal aspects of the legislation are based upon whether a person’s actions are reasonable or not.

Police said officers will continue to make individual judgements based on the specific circumstances presented to them.

"The key to making this work for everyone in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and across the country, is for everyone to be reasonable.

"If you can exercise with a run or a walk near your home, it is reasonable for you to do so.

"Our interpretation is that it is not reasonable, for the majority, to drive miles to a specific place such as a beauty spot. It is also not within the spirit of what we are trying to achieve if you drive from Devon to the coast of Cornwall for surfing, regardless of whether that is “lawful” or not.

"We are grateful that our communities understand what we are all trying to achieve together and are supporting us with this. We have not had to use any enforcement, and will only use this as a last resort. Officers will continue to use discretion and police with consent.

We enjoy the relationship we have with our communities and will continue to engage with people we meet, to provide reassurance and education at this challenging time."

Spokesperson at Devon and Cornwall Police

If you are still unsure of the Government's guidance surrounding travel and social distancing, you can visit the Government website here.

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