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People CAN go shopping more than once a week, No. 10 says after minister says one way is the limit

People CAN go shopping more than once a week: Downing Street clarifies rules after Minister Grant Shapps says the public should only go to the shops once the corona virus shuts down

  • The transport secretary’s comments put him at odds with official guidelines
  • Used BBC interview to say that people should get supplies once a week
  • But according to the rules, you should shop ‘as little as possible’ – with no travel limit
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Downing Street was forced to clarify the rules of shopping today after a senior cabinet created confusion by suggesting that people could only take one weekly trip to stock up.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps during a televised interview this morning seemed to put him at odds with official government guidelines.

The official government coronavirus guidelines do not specify how often people can leave their homes to go shopping, but recommend that it be “as rare as possible.”

Mr Shapps made the comments in a BBC interview after police were charged with harsh tactics in enforcing government-imposed lockdown restrictions.

He acknowledged that there were “teething troubles”, but said that people should follow the rules.

“People know the rules set, they try to shop only once a week,” he told the BBC.

“Just do the essentials, not everything else.”

But shortly after asking for comments from Mr. Shapps, the prime minister’s official spokesman said, “The guidance does not specify that, no, the guidance says it should be” as little as possible. “

Mr Shapps made the comments in a BBC interview after police were charged with harsh tactics in enforcing government-imposed lockdown restrictions.

Mr Shapps made the comments in a BBC interview after police were charged with harsh tactics in enforcing government-imposed lockdown restrictions.

The official government coronavirus guidelines do not specify how often people can leave their homes to go shopping, but recommend that it be “as rare as possible.”

He went on to say that for some people, “their verdict will be once a week, but that’s not what the counseling specifies.”

The spokesperson added: “The guidance with regard to traveling alone when necessary and as little shopping as possible is very clear.”

Shapps said that there were “one or two cases” of police over-zealous for enforcement, but that the armed forces were generally “sensible.”

He said, “I think the police are having a hard time.

“There will be one or two cases when they may not have approached it correctly, but in general, people across the country are not only very good, but in general the police are taking it very wisely. ‘

Shapps also said that people should not get in the car to drive to the countryside for their daily exercise.

“The simple thing is, if at all possible, please practice close to home,” he told the BBC.

“I have dogs and, instead of putting them in the car and driving them somewhere, it’s about getting out of the house and walking around the block, or whatever.”

However, government guidelines deviate from what has actually been made law.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 for England, which were adopted on Thursday and empowered police to impose rules with fines and even arrests, said: ‘During the emergency, no one is allowed to enter their place without reasonable excuse . “

A reasonable excuse is to buy food and exercise.

The legislation does not specify – or limit – how many times a person can leave their home. It also does not prohibit people from using cars or other vehicles under any circumstances.

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