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A popular Cheshire beauty spot has been flooded with day trippers since the national lockdown was announced, and police are furious.
Officers from the Neston and Parkgate branch of Cheshire Police have posted on their social media accounts, calling out the hundreds who chose to head out for "coffee or chips" and enjoy the sunny weather instead of staying at home and sticking to government guidelines.
The police stated that turning up to enjoy a day out and siting on the parade wall in Parkgate was not a reasonable excuse for leaving their homes.
They added that several people were told to go home and that looking at the number of coronavirus deaths would 'wake visitors up.'
Posting on Facebook, Neston and Parkgate Police said: "It was a clear sunny afternoon yesterday, which meant hundreds of people visited Parkgate and several of them were told to go home.
"When will people get the message that we are in lockdown and they have been told to stay home!
"Take a look at the number of COVID deaths and maybe that will wake visitors up – stay at home and do not come to Parkgate.
"Turning up for coffee or chips and sitting on the wall is not a reasonable excuse for leaving home.
"Over 80,000 people are dead from COVID – so stay home and do as the Government have directed."
Under current lockdown rules in England, people must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons such as for work, essential shopping, exercise or medical appointments.
According to the law, it does not stipulate exactly how far you are allowed to travel to exercise, but the guidance says that people should not travel outside your local area.
The local area means avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live.
The rules on the government website state: "Outdoor exercise 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)."
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And if you (or a person in your care) have a health condition that routinely requires you to leave home to maintain your health – including if that involves travel beyond your local area or exercising several times a day – then you can do so.
The government says you should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise outside.
This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
Public outdoor places include: parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests, public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), the grounds of a heritage sites and playgrounds.
You can also 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.
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