The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing (CoP) shared information from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on what constitutes a reasonable excuse for people to leave their home with all forces.
This was so police forces were aware of the approach CPS would take in considering cases related to the new regulations.
There is no change to the NPCC and CoP guidance issued in the Policing Brief on the Government Legislation on Coronavirus here: https://www.college.police.uk/News/College-news/Pages/Health-Protection-Guidelines.aspx. This remains the core guidance for all police officers.
Officers will engage, explain, encourage and then, only if necessary enforce. Enforcement is a last resort.
A police spokesperson said:
‘On driving to exercise, while there is nothing in the legislation that prevents people from driving to exercise, police forces and the Government have rightly continued to advise the public not to travel long distances in the car to exercise. Sussex Police, along with many other forces who have coastal areas and rural walking spots, have advised not to travel to minimise groups of people coming together, this are not out of step with the CPS guidance’
‘We stand by the principle of doing everything we can to support our colleagues in the NHS, and are committed to protecting the public and saving lives. We are asking the public to help us do this by staying at home where possible and only leaving their home for essential travel’