When to Use your car during the outbreak?

For self-isolating people, you follow the official guidance at GOV.UK.

To fight coronavirus, The most important action we can all take is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the Government has introduced three new measures.

1. Asking people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.

2. Closing certain business and venues.

3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public. Every person in the UK must comply with these new measures, which came into effect on Monday 23 March.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

The Government will look again at these measures after three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

What is an essential travel mean?

You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:

• 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, including to donate blood, avoid or escape the risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.

• travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes. The Government has also identified a number of critical workers whose children can still go to school or their childcare provider. This critical worker definition does not affect whether or not you can travel to work – if you are not a critical worker, you may still travel to work provided you cannot work from home.

Can I use my car to drive to a park for exercise?

you shouldn’t use your car to drive to the park for exercise, instead, we suggest if you have a garden you may use it or if you leave your home on foot or by bike, you should stay more than two metres away from others.

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Can I use my car to visit family and friends?

you should only do this if you are re providing care or helping a vulnerable person. All other contacts use phone or internet instead.

Should I share my car with other people?

If you do need to share a car, you should only do so with members of your household.

Is it safer to use my car than public transport or taxis?

If you have access to a car, you may prefer to use this at the moment. But remember, you should only leave home for very limited purposes.

Should I use a car if I’m self-isolating?

If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, The Government advise against going out even to buy food or other essentials, you should ask family and friends from other households to help, also you may use home delivery services if possible.

Posted on Apr 4, 2020 by Sam

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When to Use your car during the outbreak?