CONFUSED about what the 'stay local' coronavirus lockdown restrictions actually mean?

Police in Basingstoke are reminding residents to stay in their local area during this third national lockdown period, if they leave home for one of the few permitted reasons.

Posting on Twitter, Basingstoke Rural Police team wrote: "Under the national lockdown, if you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work.

Addressing the parameters of 'local', they added: "Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live."

The Basingstoke team also urged residents to familiarise themselves with the permitted reasons for leaving home, as outlined by the government.

They are as follows:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services,
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare

It comes as almost 1,000 people are estimated to have contracted Covid-19 in Basingstoke and Deane in the past week.