Andy Marsh of the Avon and Somerset police force told BBC Newsnight that driving should be avoided unless it is essential. Mr Marsh stated that going to the shop to get supplies for yourself or a vulnerable person was acceptable as well as driving in order to get medicine.
Mr Marsh said: “So, on essential travel, people are clearly allowed to travel to shop for themselves or someone who is vulnerable.
“They are allowed to drive to get medical support or medicine.
“We would discourage driving unless it is essential.
“Driving somewhere to have a walk, we would rather they walked from their home address.
“Driving somewhere to exercise their dog, we would rather if possible, they did it from home.
“We haven’t actually given an enforcement ticket to anybody in Avon and Somerset who is driving somewhere to take their dog for a walk.
“What we have done when we have come across them is encourage people to comply.
“We have had a great reaction when we have been doing that.”
Worldwide there have been more than 788,000 COVID-19 cases.
The death toll has reached more than 37,000 at the time of writing.
Over 166,000 people have recovered from the coronavirus across the globe.
The United States has the highest amount of COVID-19 cases in the world with more than 164,000 confirmed cases.
Published at Tue, 31 Mar 2020 09:26:00 +0000