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you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.’

During the first national lockdown the guidance, which had previously stated that non-essential workers should only leave their homes once a day for exercise or to shop for basic necessities, was amended to say “If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area – then you can do so.

It went on to say  “This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day – ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional.”

The most recent guidance omits this level of detail however on the GOV.UK website, under the page entitled ‘Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults’ the statement above is still there. 

Although many of the people AIM work with do not have carers (paid or otherwise), this should still apply, therefore, as long as you can justify the reason you are out exercising and explain exactly where you are travelling to you should be permitted to continue.  We have been in touch with local MPs and the police to confirm this point and have been directed to the government website.

Our 'Resilience Toolkit' has a page dedicated to exercise and suggestions for you to try.  See here for more details.

For more information visit ‘Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults’ 

Or National Lockdown: Stay at Home 

A few people have asked us to clarify the government rules around exercise.  
On Monday 4th January 2021, Boris Johnson announced that England will go into its third full lockdown, following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases due to the more contagious new variant.

The message the Prime Minister gave to people was to stay at home and only leave for one of the permitted activities including essential shopping, going to work (if you are unable to work from home) and exercise.  The rules around exercise state ‘You should minimise time spent outside your home, but