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‘If you can get there under your own steam’ – government and police respond to confusion over ‘stay local’ guidance for exercise

‘If you can get there under your own steam’ – government and police respond to confusion over ‘stay local’ guidance for exercise

What are the rules surrounding ‘staying local’ during lockdown? (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images) If the coronavirus lockdown cycling rules have left you…

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What are the rules surrounding ‘staying local’ during lockdown? (Photo by LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images) If the coronavirus lockdown cycling rules have left you confused about how far you can ride, you’re not alone.

The new rules for exercising during the pandemic have been under debate after Prime Minister Boris Johnson was seen riding his bike seven miles away from home.

While the Labour Party has criticised the PM for riding away from home at the Olympic Park in East London, government ministers and police have said the “stay local” guidance is open to interpretation.

The current government guidance for exercise in England says people should minimise the time spent outside of their home, but that you can leave home for exercise.

You can exercise outside by yourself, with the people you live with, with your support bubble, or with one person from another household.

But the guidance also says your exercise should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside of your local area.

The “local area” aspect to the guidance is causing confusion, especially for some cyclists who may be unsure exactly how far they are allowed to ride without leaving their local area. Cycling Weekly contacted the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for further guidance, but a spokesperson directed us back to the guidance published online.The rules for Scotland say you can exercise up to five miles from the boundary of your local authority area and you must start and finish in the same place.Wales has […]

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