Regulation 6 of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
states no person may leave the place where they live without a reasonable excuse. This does not
apply to homeless people (Reg. 6(4)). CPS have produced a really useful practical guide as to what
might and what might not constitute a ‘reasonable excuse’. They have kindly allowed us to reproduce
this to help officers, however each case still needs to be considered based on the individual facts as
they present themselves.
Some public statements made soon after the adoption of the Regulations suggested that members of
the public could only leave their homes if ‘essential’ to do so. However, this is not the test set out in the
Regulations and there is no legal basis for a requirement in those terms to be imposed. The applicable
threshold is that of ‘reasonable excuse’.
This list is not exhaustive and officers are required to use their discretion and judgement in deciding
what is and what isn’t ‘reasonable’ in the circumstances.
Please make sure you've read and understand the guidance on the 'stay at homeExternal Link' measures.Only tell us about something if you feel there is a significant issue or serious breach of the restrictions.