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Police release list of 'reasonable excuses' to go outside

Adrian Williams

Adrian Williams

Thames Valley Police has published a list of ‘reasonable excuses’ to go outside, based on Government guidance.

Reasonable excuses include:

- Obtaining basic necessities and supplies for the essential upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household, or for the household of a vulnerable person

- To take exercise alone or with other members of their household close to home

- Seeking or providing emergency or medical assistance

- Assisting a vulnerable person

- Travelling for the purpose of work, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible to do so from home

- Attending a funeral of a close family member, or a friend where there is no close family

- Donating blood

- Meeting a legal obligation, including court or bail conditions

- Accessing critical public services

- Continuing existing arrangements relating to shared parental access to children

- A worship leader going to a place of worship

- Moving house

- Avoiding injury or escaping a risk of harm

Following residents using social media to report gatherings of people, Thames Valley Police has advised people to report using official channels. “We cannot process these reports on social media,” the force said. “If you do witness people breaching the guidelines set out by Government, please report this to us by calling 101, or use our online form.

UPDATE April 10, 6.33pm: Exercising was missing as one of the reasons from the original article. This has now been amended.

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  • Studley

    16:46, 15 April 2020

    Thames Valley Police are giving incorrect advice as their list is completely different from the official goverment list. Regardles, What I chose to buy from the shop is my buisness, not TVP the government or anyone elses. Perhaps TVP should focus on worrying about groups of people completely ignoring the advice/rules on social distancing instead worrying about what is inside innocent people's shopping baskets.



  • Stranger

    01:12, 11 April 2020

    TVP's list of reasonable excuses is wrong on numerous counts (e.g. exercise can be carried out anywhere and there is no requirement to exercise "close to home"), and I invite them to check the actual list of reasonable excuses (which is larger than theirs) and to correct their list:



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