Coronavirus exercise: DON'T drive to countryside

Coronavirus exercise: DON'T drive to countryside

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:23am 27th March 2020. (Updated at 9:30am 27th March 2020)

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Police are asking us to avoid areas like Salisbury Plain for our Government allowed daily exercise.

The current advice on halting the spread of Covid-19 is that we should only carry out essential journeys.

That includes: 

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

But Wiltshire Police's Rural Crime Team is asking us NOT to drive to areas of countryside, like Salisbury Plain, to carry out that permitted exercise.

Pewsey Police have also said they'll be putting up posters at local beauty spots to encourage people to stay near to their home for exercise.

Officers in Salisbury have started to set up checkpoints to ask people whether their journeys are really essential. 

Why are you here today
Wiltshire Police has put together a poster to advise people who are travelling for what they describe as 'non-essential' journeys


Police in the county have noticed an increase in people making their way to the countryside for their exercise too.

The New Forest National Park Authority is calling for us to think carefully before going to the area tweeting: 

"Please stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives. No one should be travelling to the New Forest National Park."

The Hampshire Police Rural Crime Team are carrying out patrols to ensure people are sticking to the guidance too:

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