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Police Are Turning People In Cars Away From The Peak District

Tom Wood

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Police Are Turning People In Cars Away From The Peak District

Loads of people attempting to visit the Peak District during the government-enforced UK lockdown are being turned around and told to go home by the police.

As you're no doubt aware by now, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday night that the entirety of the United Kingdom was to stay at home, only leaving the house for essential journeys such as shopping for food and medicine, and getting to and from work.

Public gatherings of more than two people have been forbidden, and citizens are only supposed to leave the house for one period of exercise per day, with penalties starting at £30 to an unlimited fine possible.

Just don't do it. Credit: PA
Just don't do it. Credit: PA

This - it will come as no surprise to learn - doesn't mean that people can head out to enjoy the weather with a lovely jaunt through the countryside.

It's not exactly 'absolutely necessary', is it?

However, police in Derbyshire have reported seeing people in cars flooding into the area to go for a lovely spring walk.

They tweeted an image of standing traffic on a rural road and said: "What a lovely day! The perfect day to drive up into the #PeakDistrict for a walk, bike ride, climb or horse ride, isn't it? No, actually it isn't."

Don't be like these guys. Credit: Derbyshire Police
Don't be like these guys. Credit: Derbyshire Police

"We're seeing a lot of confusion over whether people are allowed to travel to the Peaks to undertake daily exercise while the government are asking us to stay at home. While we have this fantastic space in our county, right now is not the time to be using it.

"Daily exercise should be taken locally to your home. Under government guidance all travel is limited to essential travel only. This is to help ensure that our emergency services aren't put under even more pressure during this time."

It really isn't. Credit: Derbyshire Police
It really isn't. Credit: Derbyshire Police

They continued: "Should you trip, fall or have a road traffic accident while you are travelling to, or are out in the Peaks, then this will add additional pressure to an already stretched service.

"The safety and wellbeing of you, the residents of our beautiful county, is our priority and these measures are being put in place to ensure that you are kept safe. If you need advice on how to look after your wellbeing at home during this time visit."

Guys, we know it's nice outside, and loads of people are off work, but the only way we're going to get through this without complete disaster is by staying inside, maintaining a safe social distance when we're outside and amongst others.

It's not ideal, but it's for our own good just now.

Featured Image Credit: Derbyshire Police

Topics: UK News, Coronavirus

Tom Wood
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