The problem is that the instructions form the Government in the U.K. are not clear enough. It is impossible for the police and the public to understand them! Warwick must have seen the same interview with Hancock (Question Time I think), as me. He stated it was fine for people to go out for exercise, as long as it was local to where they lived. Only an hour before Johnson had stated on a video that people should stay at home. One minute the public and the police are being told it is ok to go out as long as you ‘self distance’ whilst the next they are being told it is only ok if you do it and don’t sit and sunbathe/picnic/rest up.
I cannot see anything wrong with people doing any of the things above if it is with people they live with, and if they are social distancing from others. The problem is that a small minority have abused the situation, and have been gathering with friends in public places under the ‘umbrella’ of taking daily exercise. It has been mostly young people, which is why the government has focused on telling that generation to abide by the instructions. Unfortunately many of them think the virus will not affect then much, even if they catch it, so they are not too worried! The youngsters who are doing this seem oblivious to the fact they might already have the virus and be spreading it!
It is the same old story.....a few spoiling things for the many! The unfortunate thing is that ‘the few’ in this case could have a devastating on others....and the NHS. It seems the easiest way to deal with this is to give the instruction that ‘exercise’ (going for a walk) is the only reason one can go outside. (Not including food shopping, medical appointments etc). It is a way to simplify the instruction. There is also a guidance as to how long this should be. - No more than an hour. All of this is impossible to ‘police.’ We are once again relying on people’s common sense and social duty. Sadly some people will never exhibit either!
I am no lover of the police, but I do think they have a difficult job just now,
As an aside, the Derbyshire police had an impossible task a week ago. The previous weekend local villages had been inundated with tourists. The small shops were being stripped of goods by the visitors, and the locals were furious. The following weekend they tried to prevent the same happening, then got criticised for being over zealous. We are all on a ‘leading curve’ at the moment.
I see Calderwood has gone then! - Not a surprise.