We’ve been told to only exercise once a day, and in Pembrokeshire the vast majority have obeyed the instructions.

But after images emerged on the weekend of packed public parks across the UK, with people blatantly defying social distancing rules, even that luxury now appears under threat.

Health secretary Matt Hancock has warned the Government will take further measures if people continue to ignore rules, including banning outdoor exercise.

As a result Alan Jones, of Sport Pembrokeshire, has urged people in our county not to jeopardise matters and to be mindful that many traditional exercise spots, including the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, remain closed.

“It’s important we continue to listen to the advice that’s been given,” he said.

“The places we all love to visit in Pembrokeshire are still there – and they will be even more pleasurable in time.

“I think a lot of people are leaning to love walking at the moment, but if once a day isn’t enough then we can still exercise indoors.”

Indeed, many of Pembrokeshire’s gym owners and personal trainers have been selfless in their help, regularly posting home workouts online that are suited to both individuals and families.

Current ‘lockdown’ rules on exercise:

  • People should only exercise once a day, although in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland there is no legal ban on exercising more than that. In Wales, which sets its own health regulations, exercising more than once a day is now illegal - and potentially a criminal offence.
  • You can exercise alone or with members of your own household.
  • Gatherings of more than two in parks and public spaces have been banned (ruling out most team sports).
  • Dogs can be walked as part of a person's daily exercise.
  • No definitive instruction has been given to how long you can exercise for. But Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove has said: "I would have thought for most people a walk of up to an hour, a run of 30 minutes or a cycle ride of between that, depending on their level of fitness, is appropriate."