Under the current lockdown regulations, we’re required to stay at home - with some notable exceptions like exercise and shopping. And of course, travel for work is allowed. Curiously, leaving the country doesn’t seem to be prohibited, in and of itself, and there seem to be several loopholes.

Hoppa, of course, does not endorse or encourage the use of these loopholes to travel under false pretenses, but they're certainly fun to consider!


Weddings

One of the exceptions to the regulation allows us to leave our homes to attend a marriage, civil partnership, or alternative wedding ceremony. The exception doesn’t say how close to home that ceremony needs to be. A destination elopement, maybe?

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Volunteer Work

Another exception allows for the performance of voluntary and charitable services, and while charity does begin at home, there’s no reason at all that it has to stay there! Perhaps this could be combined with another exception (animal welfare) - volunteer at an animal sanctuary?

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Moving

The regulation permits the viewing of residential properties and, seemingly, doesn’t exclude properties abroad. Moving to sunnier climes?

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Exercise

Under the regulation, exercise is allowed. There don’t seem to be any time limits on the exercise or any restriction on where one exercises. Presumably, hiking and skiing would both count as exercise. Or perhaps a pilgrimage is in order, as visits to places of worship are also allowed?

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Education

Training, too, is permitted under the exceptions. It doesn’t look as if there are any restrictions on the types of training allowed. Maybe a cooking course or a class in traditional handicrafts?

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Shopping

And of course, the obvious exception is shopping. Everyone needs groceries to live, but who said the groceries had to come from the local market?

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