Prime Minister Boris Johnson relaxed lockdown rules for motorists in England during his address to the nation on Sunday, but strict limits regarding car use continue in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Encouraging those who can return to work, Johnson said they should avoid public transport if they could and instead drive or more preferably walk or cycle to their place of work.
He also said people could use their cars to drive anywhere, and for any reason, such as to exercise or for shopping or to collect medication, as long as they followed strict social distancing protocols.
When lockdown began in March, Johnson had said people will only be allowed to leave their home for a few very limited purposes:
“Shopping for basic necessities as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise a day for example a run, walk or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
“Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person and travelling to and from work but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home. That’s all.”
These principles are still in place in the rest of the United Kingdom where drivers can only venture out in their vehicles to carry out essential tasks, such as buying food or medication from a pharmacy, or delivering those goods to an elderly relative over the age of 70, or anyone else who is classed as vulnerable by the government of whom have been advised to stay indoors during the outbreak of COVID-19.
Apart from that, in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland vehicle use is limited to ‘key workers’ including emergency services staff, government officials, teachers, health and social workers, supermarket and pharmacy employees, transport employees and key public services workers such as judges, charity workers, journalists, broadcasters, religious staff and keyline service workers.
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