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WATCH: 'If in doubt, don't go out'

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QUESTIONING whether you should do an activity because of lockdown restrictions probably means you should not do it, the president of Health & Social Care has said.

Head of Law Enforcement Ruari Hardy. (27952503)

At a press briefing today, Deputy Heidi Soulsby said the government cannot make all the decisions for islanders and common sense should prevail in these unique circumstances.

She said it was okay to drive to an exercise location, whether that is for a walk, run or swim. But it is not okay to just drive around the island and then go home.

'If it is just with one other person and they [and you] are asymptomatic and you keep your social distance you can exercise with someone outside of your household.'

Deputy Soulsby and Civil Contingencies Authority Chairman Deputy Gavin St Pier have been fielding several questions from the public about what they can and cannot do.

Addressing this, Deputy Soulsby asked islanders to think about the activity and 'use their noggins' to consider whether it is necessary.

'If you're in doubt about doing something, just don't do it,' she said.

This also applies to those thinking about going fishing or other potentially dangerous activities because needing the help of the emergency services if something went wrong would put additional pressure on the service and divert workers from potential Covid-19 related cases.

Recreational fishing and diving is not permitted.

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Head of Law Enforcement Ruari Hardy said Police will continue to enforce the lockdown restrictions but said public engagement and community policing is equally important.

Recognising that the weather is due to be nice this bank holiday weekend, Mr Hardy asked that people do not try and push the boundaries.

'These regulations are there for a reason: to keep the community safe.

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'If someone is sat on the beach in absolute isolation as part of their two hours of exercise, there is very little we can do about that, but if people are starting to congregate then we can engage and put a stop to it.'

Enforcement powers have already had to be used and there are two ongoing investigations.

Deputy St Pier added that the allowance of two hours of exercise is very much open to interpretation.

'We have to recognise that exercise is in the eye of the beholder but this allows people who are cooped up for the other 22 hours of the day to get out and get some fresh air.

'We all need to remember the objective of staying at home. But if we are out, we need to maintain social distancing and minimise journeys.'

Government cannot possibly have all the answers and the guidance should be considered for that individual to make a decision.

But, just because something is allowed, does not mean islanders should rush out and do it.

Zoe Fitch

By Zoe Fitch
News reporter

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