To Drive, Or Not To Drive....THAT, is the question....

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So, coming back from Tesco, one retired neighbour is up his ladder cleaning windows and another is chopping up logs with his petrol chainsaw (as he was yesterday too!).

 

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There is a world of difference between going for a blat in the 7 and cycling for exercise and keeping healthy. One is allowed and even recommended (note that bike shops are allowed to stay open to support cyclists) and the other is forbidden. I will try to cycle most days, on my own not as a group, and have cut down the route to stay within my home area and reduced it to an hour.

Just back from a 2 hour ride to Wittenham Clumps and back with the only other "member of my household" (apart from the reptiles).

  • Sunny, cold and sometimes a bit windy.
  • Twentyish cyclists, none in groups.
  • Very few walkers. Most gave extra space, usually with a knowing smile.
  • No-one out at the allotments.
  • One builder, but it looked as if it was his own house.
  • Roads very, very quiet.

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Just back from a 2 hour ride to Wittenham Clumps and back with the only other "member of my household" (apart from the reptiles).

Sunny, cold and sometimes a bit windy.
Twentyish cyclists, none in groups.
Very few walkers. Most gave extra space, usually with a knowing smile.
No-one out at the allotments.
One builder, but it looked as if it was his own house.
Roads very, very quiet.

Excellent. Just back myself. Very similar situation here. Also noticed quite a few people cycling that I would say don't appear to cycle normally, so that was very nice to see. Everyone being friendly and courteous.

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I used my 7 to drive to Tesco to buy some essentials ... but I was still pulled over by Police Whistle

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But that seems to conflict with this from BBC News pages yesterday...

Coronavirus: How long can I exercise for each day? And other questions

25 March 2020

Coronavirus pandemic

The UK government has introduced strict new measures to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Here are the answers to some of the most common readers' questions.

Is there a time limit on how long we can be outside for once-a-day exercise, and are we allowed to get in our car to travel to go for a walk? - Sam Fearn, York

The current government guidance is to take "one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk or cycle - alone or with members of your household".

No mention is given to the length of exercise, although Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday that "people can go for the standard length of run or walk that they ordinarily would have done. But… the important thing is, once a day".

Nothing expressly forbids people driving somewhere to go for a walk, but scenes last weekend - where tourist attractions such as Snowdonia attracted larger than usual crowds, and with them, the risk of spreading the virus - suggest that this may not be a good idea.

You should be extremely careful that you will be able to maintain a social distance of more than 2m (6ft) from other people wherever you go.

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What's conflicting, please?

Thanks

Jonathan

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#48 - Hi Jonathan, maybe the use of 'conflict' was a bit over the top - it was the reference to whether 'journeys were essential' in the first and the 'Nothing expressly forbids people driving somewhere to go for a walk' in the second. I wondered how the first could be applied in light of the second given that the latter leaves things pretty wide open. One persons definition of 'essential' might not fit with another's of 'wanting to drive somewhere for a walk'. Driving 

 

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Essential, could not in my book be driving somewhere to go for a walk. Despite the other ambiguities, this one seems pretty clear cut.

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Thanks

Jonathan