Police crack down on people ignoring lockdown this weekend

Police crack down on people ignoring lockdown this weekend

Published by George Sharpe at 4:26pm 30th March 2020. (Updated at 4:40pm 30th March 2020)

Drinking a cup of tea on a bench and sitting in your car at a local beauty spot doesn't count as essential travel.

Weymouth and Portland Police officers sent people home this weekend for those very reasons.

One couple at the Marsh were sat drinking cups of tea in mugs brought from home. They were told to go home because it wasn't an essential journey.

Police asking people to go home

Another person was parked in their car in the Park & Ride car park watching videos on his phone. They were also told by officers to go home.

According to government advice, you should only leave your house for the following reasons:

  • 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, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where you cannot work from home.

Not abiding by these rules could land you a £60 fine (£30 if paid within two weeks). 

What CAN I do as my daily exercise?

Daily exercise is considered to be a walk, run or cycle alone or with member of your household.

Dorset Police say if you can travel on foot or bike to the beach then you are able to swim but you must not drive there.

Car parks at Dorset beauty spots have been shut to discourage people from congregating. 

Officers from the Neighbourhood Team have been out this afternoon challenging people around travel. It’s really pleasing...

Posted by Weymouth & Portland Police on Sunday, 29 March 2020

Cllr Gary Suttle, Dorset Council Portfolio holder for Economic Growth and Skills, said:

"Even if you feel well now you could be carrying the virus.  We all want to enjoy Dorset in our futures please do not take that opportunity away from yourselves and your loved ones".

Beach and harbour car parks will be closed to everyone and the Police will intervene with all gatherings of more than two people in public.

You can find out more about the what is and isn't acceptable on the Police's website.