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Guide to walking during the Covid 19 pandemic

Updated 30th June 2020.

Please remember localised lock-downs may be in force (e.g. Leicester) and restrictions may limit your activities.

WALKING IN ENGLAND

You can travel anywhere in England to undertake a walk with members of your own household. In addition people from multiple households can meet outdoors in a group of up to six people. Should transmission of Covid19 accelerate, then restrictions will be reintroduced. It is therefore in everyone's interest that suitable precautions are followed when out walking. The following are some basic rules that should enhance the safety of you and others.

1. Maintain social distancing. Preferably keep at least two metres away from other walkers. However in crowded areas Remember the one metre plus rule. Be patient and courteous especially where space is restricted. Avoid congested areas near stiles and gates to ensure social distancing is maintained.

2. Follow basic hygiene standards. Wear gloves or use disinfectant gels especially after using gates and crossing stiles.

3. Do consider local residents in rural areas. Remember, the countryside has limited health and emergency resources so avoid putting extra strain on these vital services. Many local residents worry that walkers could bring the virus to the countryside. Please respect this point of view. You are asked to follow any advice and stay away from tourist hotspots.

4. Make sure you walk safely and sensibly so as not to expose Mountain Rescue and other Emergency Services to a potentially infected casualty.

5. From 3rd July residents in England can go walking in Scotland. From 6th July residents in England can travel to Wales for walking.

6. With effect from 4th July you can stay overnight away from home in England. Hotels, B & B's, campsites, caravan parks and self catering cottages are allowed to open from this date.

7. From 4th July cafes, restaurants and pubs will be allowed to open.

8. Remember that some amenities such as public toilets, information centres and tourist attractions may be closed.

WALKING IN WALES

1. The 2 metre social distancing rule currently remains in force.

2. Follow basic hygiene standards outlined above.

3. Restrictions on daily exercise in Wales will be relaxed from 6th July and you will be allowed to travel throughout Wales for exercise.

4. Restaurants, cafes and pubs remain closed. They may reopen on 13th July.

5. Overnight accommodation remains closed. They may reopen on 13th July.

6. Residents of Wales can travel to England (from 6th July) and Scotland (from 3rd July) to go walking.

7. Remember some amenities such as public toilets, information centres and tourist attractions may be closed.

WALKING IN SCOTLAND

1. The 2 metre social distancing rule currently remains in force.

2. Follow basic hygiene standards outlined above.

3. Restrictions on daily exercise in Scotland will be relaxed from 3rd July and you will be allowed to travel throughout Scotland for exercise.

4. Restaurants, cafes and pubs will reopen for outside consumption of food and beverages from 15th July.

5. Self contained holiday accommodation including cottages, lodges and caravans will reopen from 15th July.

6. Residents of Scotland can travel to England (from 3rd July) and Wales (from 6th July) to go walking.

8. Remember some amenities such as public toilets, information centres and tourist attractions may be closed.

Do follow the Government's instructions. Failure will mean more stringent rules in the future, which would probably jeopardise daily exercise including going for a walk.

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