UK Covid live: Johnson questioned by MPs; government and police discussing tighter exercise rules

1 week ago

There is an active conversation at the moment with the Home Office and the Department of Health as to how we might be able to improve [the rules about exercise outdoors] to give greater clarity to the public and also to our officers.

It’s really difficult to get the right balance, I don’t think there’s a perfect answer for anybody, because whichever way you frame it somebody will be disadvantaged. That’s the reality of what we’re dealing with here ...

There was a deliberate effort to try and make it flexible initially so there was a degree of freedom of choice for people, and you could exercise some of the decisions you wanted to within certain ranges, but that clearly is presenting other problems.

We now need to think, ‘Is there a better way of doing that?’ Would we like better proscription?’ I think it would be helpful if we could be a little bit more proscriptive in some respects, so it may be that we need to add some extra definition to it to help people understand it.

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