country is on lockdown, and the government have stated you can only leave your
home for the following four reasons:
for basic necessities, for example: food and medicine, which must be as
infrequent as possible.
form of exercise a day, for example: a walk, run or cycle – alone or with
people you live with.
medical need, including donating blood, avoiding or escaping risk of injury or
harm, or travelling to provide help or care to a vulnerable person.
for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.
Medical Officer says if you cannot work from home, you are allowed to travel
into work, even if you’re not a critical worker.
You cannot see anyone
if you do not live with them. This includes elderly relatives, friends and
other family members. Keep in touch with them via text, email or video call.
You may leave
the house to help a vulnerable person, but only if you fulfil certain
conditions, for example: not having any COVID-19 symptoms. You can find the
rest of the conditions here.
You can only go
for outdoor exercise once a day, and you must be alone or with someone you live
with. You are not allowed to be in a group in a public space.
You must always
keep 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with, no matter where you are.
utilise your one exercise a day
have said you are permitted to leave your home once a day to exercise.
So, how can you
best utilise this exercise? First off, follow the rules:
You must stay local for your exercise. This means not using a car or public transport to get anywhere.
You should only
go outside alone, or with people you live with. This includes runs or bike
rides; they cannot be done with anyone you do not live with.
You must always
keep 2 metres away from anyone you do not live with. Gatherings of more than 2
people in parks and public spaces has been banned, and the police now have
powers to enforce this.
precautions when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you get back
official time limit on outdoor exercise has been released, Cabinet Office
minister Michael Gove has urged joggers and cyclists to limit their exercise to
around 30 minutes, but walks can be up to an hour. These numbers depend on the
level of fitness you are at. You can find out more here.
Look here to see how you can walk the right way during lockdown.
More into cycling? Read here to find out what you are permitted to do. Jogging advice
can be found here.
heading out for exercise and find it difficult to maintain the 2-metre distance
from everyone, unfortunately this means you should stop going out. However,
going outdoors isn’t the only form of exercise you can get! Try out some indoor
exercise classes here.
You are still
allowed to leave your house to go shopping, but only when you need essential
Shops that sell
non-essential goods such as clothing or electronics are closed until further
are still open. Many of them are using measures to help shoppers keep their
2-metre distance. This includes limiting the number of customers allowed in the
store and placing down floor distance guides.
There are still
things that you can do to stay safe. Only go to the shops when you’ve run out
of essentials – Easter egg shopping is not essential!
If there is a
queue at the checkout, make sure you are maintaining the 2-metre distance from
wash your hands as soon as you get home and use hand sanitiser immediately
after touching a trolley or using a touchscreen at self-checkout.
You can go to the shops with someone you live with but cannot go shopping with anyone you don’t live with. However, many shops are limiting the number of individuals from a single “household”, so you can help our and help your flatmates by being a designated shopper.
Lots of shops
have set aside certain hours of the week for key workers, the elderly and
people with underlying health conditions to do their shopping. If you do not
fall under any of these categories, respect their special shopping time and do
not go to the shops then.
services where possible. This will empty up shops and streets and help flatten
Here is how you can clean your groceries once you get them.
bulk buy or stockpile. There are enough supplies to go around if we share.
about getting medicine?
Medicine is, of
course, an essential item. Pharmacies are remaining open for people to collect
their medication or health products, and you are still able to collect medicine
for other people.
While in a
pharmacy, remember to maintain social distancing by keeping a 2-metre distance
from staff and customers. It may be a good idea to see if you can get your
You may leave
your home if you need to go to the dentist, GP, or other medical appointments.
may postpone non-urgent health checks or routine appointments, so be prepared
Only go to the
doctor if there is an essential medical need. If you think you may have
COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone with the symptoms, stay at home.
You can leave
your home to donate blood, but only if you are fit and well, and do not have
any COVID-19 symptoms.