Previously, doing so had not qualified as one of the ‘reasonable excuses’ listed by the government by which people could leave the place where they were living. This change applies only in England.

An amendment to the coronavirus restrictions published by the government inserted “to use a waste or recycling centre” into the paragraph of the legislation defining the reasons by which people could leave their homes during the emergency period.

Other listed reasonable excuses include to obtain food and medical supplies, to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household and to travel for the purposes of work where it is not reasonably possible for them to work from the place where they live.

The amendment was announced as part of numerous new policies coming into effect on 13 May, which now mean people can exercise outdoors as often as they wish and go to a garden centre, among other things.

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