As Police gear up to enforce the second coronavirus lockdown, Island Echo has put together an easy-to-read list of all the reasons you are permitted to leave your home address over the next 4 weeks.
Island Echo has been keeping Islanders informed throughout the coronavirus pandemic and that continues as the second national lockdown comes into force from 00:01 tomorrow (Thursday). The rules remain in force until 2nd December.
You can only leave the house for the following reasons:
1. To shop for basic necessities like food and medical supplies, which includes shopping for pet food. You are also able to shop for supplies needed to keep your home maintained (where absolutely essential), or to obtain money.
2. To go to work and travel for work where it is not possible to work or provide services from home, including voluntary or charitable roles.
3. To take exercise or enjoy recreation outside either alone or with other members of your household or bubble, this includes at playgrounds. You may meet with 1 other person from another household on your own (young children/babies do not count as 1 person for these purposes).
4. To attend school or another educational establishment, or to take a child to school or childminders/nursery. University students should not return home.
5. To seek medical assistance or to attend medical appointments. This includes taking your pet to the vets.
6. To provide care or support to someone vulnerable, or provide emergency assistance.
7. To fulfill legal obligations, like attending court hearings or to take part in legal proceedings.
8. To access critical public services, which includes visiting a waste or recycling centre. You are able to access services provided by the Department of Work and Pensions such as the Job Centre, or services for victims of crime, drug recovery etc. Births, marriages and deaths can still be registered.
9. To attend a funeral with a maximum of 29 other people present – only close family and friends advised to attend. The scatterings of ashes is permitted with up to 15 people.
10. To co-parent. Parents who are separated can continue their existing parenting arrangements with children allowed to move between homes.
11. To go to a place of worship, but only if you are a minister of religion or worship leader or you are attending for single prayer. No services.
12. To move house and to visit an estate agent and/or show home.
13. To avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm, including domestic abuse.
14. To attend an event commemorating Remembrance Sunday.
Police across the country have the power to fine citizens who are outside for reasons other than those listed in this article. If you fail to comply with their order to return home, you could be arrested. The Government’s instructions are not requests – it is law.