Government clarifies around guidance on exercise for people with autism or a learning disability
The national guidance on how often some people can leave their home during the coronavirus outbreak was amended on March 29th.
The rules originally said that no-one could leave their home for exercise more than once a day, and they had to stay close to home. The Government published new guidance at the end of March making clear that, people who are autistic or have a learning disability, can leave home more than once a day and travel beyond their local area if this is important to their health. If they need carers with them, the carers don’t have to stay the two metres away that is usually required by social distancing.
The guidance now states:
"You can leave your home for medical need. If you (or a person in your care) have a specific health condition that requires you to leave the home to maintain your health - including if that involves travel beyond your local area - then you can do so. This could, for example, include where individuals with learning disabilities or autism require specific exercise in an open space two or three times each day - ideally in line with a care plan agreed with a medical professional. Even in such cases, in order to reduce the spread of infection and protect those exercising, travel outside of the home should be limited, as close to your local area as possible, and you should remain at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not a member of your household or a carer at all times."
Some of the wording for this article was taken from https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2020-04-09-guidance-on-exercise-coronavirus.aspx