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Police officers shame people heading to Peak District to enjoy sunshine

Derbyshire Police

Derbyshire Police posted across their social channels this morning to caution visitors.

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and as per the government instruction for nationwide lockdown, announced Monday evening, members of the public are permitted to leave the house for one form of exercise a day.

However, they are advised against any travel that isn't essential and have been asked to exercise/take walks in their local area. It seems that the row of cars parked in the Peak District this morning had other ideas though.

Derbyshire Police took to their social media channels this morning to caution visitors who took the trip to the Peak District to enjoy the sunshine.

What a lovely day! The perfect day to drive up into the Peak District for a walk, bike ride, climb or horse ride, isn’t...

Posted by Derbyshire Constabulary on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

The post begins: "What a lovely day! The perfect day to drive up into the Peak District for a walk, bike ride, climb or horse ride, isn’t it?"

"No, actually it isn’t".

The Constabulary continued by noting that they have been seeing a lot of confusion over whether members of the public are allowed to travel to the Peaks to undertake daily exercise and after witnessing the line of cars parked this morning, decided to make a direct address.

The posts have amassed thousands of interactions, comments and shares across multiple social platforms in just a few hours since posting.

The post continues: "While we have this fantastic space in our county, right now is not the time to be using it".

"Daily exercise should be taken locally to your home. Under government guidance all travel is limited to essential travel only."

"This is to help ensure that our emergency services aren’t put under even more pressure during this time".

For more information on lockdown guidelines, please refer to the gov.uk website.

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