We are getting a high volume of calls around the Government rules brought in to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Please don’t call us for advice on the latest Government rules. The best source of advice for everyone on what is and isn’t allowed, is from the government directly. They have now also released their own Coronavirus outbreak FAQs on what you can and can't do here. All the information that we have is on their website: gov.uk/coronavirus.
Reports around people breaching Coronavirus Legislation
We’re facing an unprecedented level of demand at present and unfortunately we can’t be everywhere, all of the time.
So that we can prioritise our resources, to support us we’re asking you to only report incidents that require a specific police response, such as house parties or anti-social behaviour relating to coronavirus.
You can report all COVID-19 related breaches directly online here.
Travel & Excercise
Questions related to traveling, exercising, picking relatives up from airports and car sharing with key worker colleagues.
The best place to stay up to date with guidance is via www.gov.uk. We’re using a common sense approach and doing our best to work with people, not against them, to ensure minimal impact to everyday life.
How can I access green spaces safely?
The government have updated their website to include guidance on how you can access green spaces safely and how to protect yourself and others via https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-guidance-on-access-to-green-spaces.
Forestry England also have updated their visitor information online for anyone visiting a forest here: https://www.forestryengland.uk/coronavirus-visitor-information
Can I take my kids to/from ex partners house?
The government guidance and legislation is the best place to stay up to date with information around childcare. The legislation is set out here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/350/regulation/6/made
Can I see my horse/take care of livestock?
The government website is the best place to stay up to date with information around care of animals. Guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals
Can I ride my horse?
There is no guidance specifically around horse riding but we’d ask you to consider the additional strain it could put on emergency services, should there be an accident. The British Horse Society has provided some helpful Q&A’s which can be found here: https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19
Can I take my car to be MOT’ed?
All information regarding MOT and Tax status can be found on the DVLA website. You can find specific information relation to MOT’s here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020#
I have received a motoring offence, how do I complete my retraining course during the COVID-19 pandemic?
More stringent enforcement measures for non-compliance with the new rules have come into effect from Wednesday 13th May 2020.
I’ve been told I will get a COVID-19 fine – What Do I Do?
If you have been advised by a police officer or PCSO that you will be fined, you do not need to take any action until you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (‘FPN’). All FPNs confirm the amount of the fine and details of how to pay. Your payment period will not be affected by any delay. Should you wish to contest a FPN or request a court hearing you will receive information on how to do this.
We are not looking to criminalise people, but to ensure they follow this life saving guidance. Individuals who do not comply will pay a fixed penalty notice under the Regulations and could be taken to court, with magistrates able to impose unlimited fines. If an individual continues to refuse to comply, they will be acting unlawfully, and the police may arrest them where deemed proportionate and necessary. The new legislation also includes the power to take people who police suspect have coronavirus to be tested and have the power to close or restrict access to any premises.
Please also don’t call us for advice on the latest Government rules. All the information that we have is on the Government website gov.uk/coronavirus.