The National Police Chiefs’ Council has published new guidance for police officers on patrol in keeping the public safe following the implementation of yesterday’s regulations (The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020).
Our solicitors are on hand to provide advice and assistance in respect of the new Regulations, but remember if you are going outside, you must have a reasonable excuse. A reasonable excuse includes the four key reasons identified by the Government of (1) shopping for basic necessities; (2) taking exercise; (3) seeking medical assistance; and (4) travelling to or from work, but only where it is not reasonably possible to do so from home. If you have to go outside, you must observe the social distancing requirements, i.e. staying more than 2m (6.5ft) apart from others.
So before you head out, think about whether it is essential and whether you have a reasonable excuse. There is a noticeable increase in police presence on the roads and streets, so be prepared to be spoken to by police and to justify your movements. Importantly, if you are spoken to by the police, remain calm and engage in a positive manner. If you are issued with a fixed penalty notice, be aware of your rights and note that refusal to pay will lead to court proceedings being instigated against you.
We hope that everyone stays safe in these uncertain times, but if you have any questions or concerns, contact us at CrimeDept@woodfines.co.uk