'Stay at home!' - Police plea to avoid Peak District

Derbyshire Police have reminded the public to stay away from the Peak District and exercise near their home.

It comes as lots of cars were pictured parked up at a Peak District beauty spot, with people going out in the sunshine for walks, bike rides and climbs. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed strict major restrictions on Monday evening, with people now only allowed to leave their homes for limited purposes. If you need reminding of these, click here

Derbyshire Constabulary said in a statement: "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.

"We’re seeing a lot of confusion over whether people are allowed to travel to the Peaks to undertake daily exercise while the government are asking us to stay at home. 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.

"Should you trip, fall or have a road traffic accident while you are travelling to, or are out in the Peaks, then this will add additional pressure to an already stretched service.

"The safety and wellbeing of you, the residents of our beautiful county, is our priority and these measures are being put in place to ensure that you are kept safe.

"If you need advice on how to look after your wellbeing at home during this time visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

"For more guidance on the current government guidelines, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus." 

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