As part of our response to the Coronavirus outbreak we are recording a number of webinars to share on social media and our website showcasing our knowledge and expertise.
Steve Gelsthorpe has recorded the first of these webinars and has done an excellent job – more to follow!
Q: What will happen if on my daily exercise walk I bump into two friends who are married to each other – can we pass the time of day together?
Answer: Regulation 7 of the Coro Regulations prohibits more than 2 people gathering together in a public place. The sensible thing to do is to move to the other side of the road – give them a cheery wave and tell them you’ll contact them later by phone or through a video call on the computer. If you get chatting for any length of time and the police see you they will direct you to disperse and go home. If you don’t then you can end up with a fixed penalty being issued £60 for a first offence but if you pay within 14 days its halved so could prove an expensive conversation.
Q: I have an elderly aunt in her 90’s who lives on her own. She is not a vulnerable person as defined by the regulations, but I need to know that she is ok as her neighbours are less than neighbourly. Can I visit her?
Answer: The regulations say that you should not be away from the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. You should to keep in touch without going to see her and so use the phone if you can. If she needs anything urgently by way of essential supplies and is unable to get to the shops because her age prevents her from standing for any period than I suspect that if you were to be seen dropping off basic groceries at her house you might have a reasonable excuse for doing so.
Q: How many times a day can I leave my house for exercise?
Answer: The Welsh regulations limit going out to exercise to once a day. In England there is no stipulation. Nor do the regulations stipulate that you should take exercise within the vicinity of your home. The answer lies in being reasonable using your common sense and limiting the risk to others and the NHS. If you go for a 50 mile cycle ride that may be considered as taking a liberty and perhaps being socially unacceptable. Likewise going for 4 runs a day. If however you live in a block of flats and you have no outdoor space beyond say your balcony then going to your local park for a walk either on your own or with those you live a couple of times a day (being careful mind not to stop and chat to friends on the way) would not be offensive in terms of the regulations not should it lead to any public disapprobation.
Q: My car is due for an MOT. What do I do?
A: It all depends on the date your car was due its MOT. If your car was due its MOT after March 30 this year, it will automatically be extended by six months.
Vehicles that were due an MOT before March 30 are subject to different guidance and will require an MOT with the usual rules applying – if your car’s MOT ran out before the 30 March you should only drive it on the road to go to get it repaired or to the MOT testing station for a prearranged MOT test
Remember however you must still make sure that your vehicle is in a condition so that it is safe to drive. It can be unsafe even if your MOT expiry date has been extended. You can find further MOT information on gov.uk.
Q: I live with an abusive partner who has been furloughed by their employer, and I am scared for me and the kids. What if they turn on me – can I leave my house?
Answer: Yes. The regulations have provided for this and recognise that it might not be safe for someone to remain at home.
Cartwright King has lawyers in most areas of law, and the current information we are sharing is written by criminal and motoring lawyer Steve Gelsthorpe of Cartwright King.
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