Derbyshire Police has said all fixed penalty notices issued during the new national lockdown will be reviewed.
They say it comes after it received clarification about the coronavirus regulations around travel and exercise.
The force said it had received further guidance from the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) which had clarified that the “Covid regulations which officers enforce and which enables them to issue FPNs (fixed penalty notices) for breaches, do not restrict the distance travelled for exercise”.
However, it comes after a series of fines were dished out at popular Derbyshire beauty spots in the first week of the third national lockdown.
The force was branded “bonkers” after two women arriving for a walk at a remote spot around five miles from their homes were handed £200 fines for alleged breaches of lockdown laws.
Jessica Allen and Eliza Moore, both 27, have described how they were surrounded by police in the car park and read their rights as they arrived in separate vehicles at Foremark Reservoir in Derbyshire on Wednesday (January 6).
They believed they were following the government guidelines by staying local when taking exercise, as they only live ten minutes away in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, in Leicestershire.
Derbyshire Police has since said: “All fixed penalty notices during this relevant period that have been issued will be reviewed for compliance.
“All recipients will be contacted.”
The current lockdown rules state that people must ‘stay home’ unless it is for an essential reason – one of those being for daily exercise.
The government guidance says this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary, for example, to access an open space.