The News Media Association has participated in detailed negotiations to enable and improve reporting freedoms. The Association of Chief Police Officers has produced guidance for police press officers covering working relationship with the media, release of information, photographs etc. This includes agreements with the media.



New national restrictions came into force in England on 5 November and will apply nationally for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 2 December. These national restrictions are contained in The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.4) Regulations 2020 [2020/No. 1200]: see www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/made. They replace the Local Covid Alert Level measures for the duration of this period. 

Government guidance on the new rules can be found here.

Regulation 5 stipulates that “No person may leave or be outside of the place where they are living without reasonable excuse”. However, Journalists and ancillary workers should note that it is entirely permissible to leave one’s house for the purposes of work [see Regulation 6] and tomeet others from outside your household or support bubble for work purposes, whether with one other person or in larger groups [see Regulation 11; Guidance §3].

Having said that, the Guidance states: “Where a work meeting does not need to take place in a private home or garden, it should not”. The Guidance stipulates that everyone who can work effectively from home should do so, but "Where people cannot do so - including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing - they should continue to travel to their workplace”. The government recognises that "This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers” [Guidance §6].

If you need to travel you should adhere to the safer travel guidance. Note that government guidance is not enforceable and the police do not issue fines to people for failing to adhere to it.   

The College of Policing and National Police Chiefs’ Council have issued joint guidance which can be found here.