The legislation as it was passed permitted the following: -
Restrictions on movement
6.—(1) During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.
(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1), a reasonable excuse includes the need—
(b)to take exercise either alone or with other members of their household;
(f)to travel for the purposes of work or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where it is not reasonably possible for that person to work, or to provide those services, from the place where they are living;
The above does not limit outing to one per day, nor does it stop work which is required, both of which vermin control may be considered in order to protect livestock or crops where required.
Below is an example of what I would have a farmer sign on their letterhead preferably if I was intending to go out to undertake necessary vermin control and to produce to police where required.
Evidence of Critical/Key Worker Status
Name: Joe Bloggs
Role Title: Vermin Controller - Food and other Necessary Goods
As part of the UK Government’s Coronavirus lockdown measures, you might be stopped and asked whether travel to and from your normal place of work or other work sites is essential or asked to provide evidence that you are a critical worker who is required to carry out essential duties albeit on an unpaid and volunteer basis.
The purpose of this letter is to confirm that we consider that, given the nature of your role and the fact it can only be done on site where the damage is taking place your travel to work is essential in order to perform the work that you carry out for Big Farm, Down the Lane, Some shire, your role has been identified as a critical or key worker role in terms of Farmer Jones’s business continuity arrangements.
Please ensure that you carry with you at all times:
1. A copy of this letter.
2. A copy of your Shotgun/Firearm Certificate
Based on current Government guidance we understand that these documents will provide sufficient evidence that your travel to and from work has been deemed essential based on the nature of your role.
Please also take this letter as confirmation that we consider you to be a ‘critical’ or ‘key’ worker role in terms of Farmer Jones’s business continuity arrangements.
Please over the coming weeks, take into account the appropriate government guidelines on self-isolation and social distancing, and ensuring that you work and travel safely and responsibly at all times.
If you or anyone to whom this is relevant have any questions on any of the information set out in this letter, please contact Farmer.Jones@Bigfarm.co.uk or 07*********.