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Coronavirus – New guidance for outdoor exercise for families with disabilities.

For many families with health or learning disabilities such as autism, the government’s restriction to exercising once a day can have a huge impact. Routine and familiarity is often fundamental to the daily lives of those with disabilities and can cause huge distress if these needs cannot be met.

For example, an 18 year old autistic boy likes to go to a specific park with his mother (which they drive to) every day for a walk as part of his routine.  The restrictions meant that he could no longer do this, however, following the threat of a Judicial Review, the government has now updated its guidance as follows:  

“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.”

This updated guidance provides much needed clarity for those with health conditions and learning disabilities.

Our health, education and community care team at Moore & Tibbits understand that this a hugely stressful and worrying time.  If you are supporting someone with a health or learning disability and need advice during the coronavirus pandemic, our team are here to help.

Call our dedicated helpline:  01926 354704.

Debbie Anderson

For further guidance on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.


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