Q1018: Can I exercise more than once per day during the Coronavirus emergency?
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 - to take exercise alone or with other members of the household is included on this list.
From the 13th May 2020, you are able to take exercise or visit a public open space for the purpose of open-air recreation to promote physical or mental health or emotional wellbeing, alone, with members of your household or with one member of another household. The Regulations do not specify the number of times that you are allowed to leave your home for this purpose, but the Government advice for England specifies you can exercise outdoors as often as you wish.
There is no longer a limit to the amount of times you can exercise but please note that the Welsh Regulations state that exercise must still be taken within an area local to the place where you live (from 4pm, 11th May 2020).
The Government have issued additional guidance regarding social distancing measures which should be followed in England and Wales. Whilst this guidance does not form part of the law, it is important that the measures are observed to ensure the safety of yourself and that of others. It is each individual's personal responsibility to adopt the principles of social distancing, wherever possible whilst exercising outside.
The social distancing guidance sets out the following principles to be followed whilst outside of your home exercising, ensuring that any time spent outside of your home is as safe as possible:
Keep your distance from people outside your household.
Keep your hands and face as clean as possible.
Avoid being face to face with people from outside your household.
Wash your clothes regularly.
Wear a face covering in places where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
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.