Q1017: Can I travel by car to go somewhere to exercise?
During the 'emergency period', a person must not leave, or remain away from, their home without reasonable excuse.
Your home includes any garden, yard, passage, stair, garage, outhouse etc. – you can still go outside to access those areas of your property.
See Q1014 for a list of reasonable excuses - including to take exercise alone, with other members of your household or with one member of another household is included on this list.
The legislation does not specify whether you are allowed to travel by car first, for the purpose of exercise or visiting a public open space. However, Government guidance states that people may drive to outdoor public open spaces irrespective of distance, as long as social distancing guidance is observed whilst there.
You should follow the rules as far as possible. Whether you are doing so will ultimately be for an officer at the time to consider, if you are stopped. We advise that to ensure you comply with the rules. If you are stopped, the officer will advise you whether they deem the travel to be reasonable, in your particular circumstances.
The 'emergency period' began on 26th March 2020. An end date has not yet been specified, but this is being reviewed at least every 21 days.
Failing to comply with the rules is an offence and can result in a fine.