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Woking Police carrying out checks over new lockdown rules

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Woking Police carrying out checks over new lockdown rules

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 2:22pm 26th March 2020.

Police in Woking are out and about in the town today (26 March) to check that people are adhering to the new lockdown rules. 

On Monday (23 March) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced we should only be leaving our homes when we absolutely have to. 

Already in Surrey and Hampshire, we have seen residents flout the new social distancing rules by getting together for barbecues and to play cricket.

Woking Police announced on Facebook their officers have been talking to pedestrians and stop checking vehicles to ask them their reason for being out: 

"It is to ensure that you are staying safe and using the Government guidelines around COVID 19 and that your reason for travel falls into the essential categories.

"Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people (social distancing) and wash hands as soon as you get home."

You are allowed to leave your home for the following reasons: 

  • Shopping for basic necessities, for example, food and medicine, which must be as infrequent 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, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.