Covid-19 - Information for landowners and those using the countryside
In accordance with latest government guidance on social distancing, please keep to the following when accessing countryside or public open spaces.
- You can meet in groups of up to six people from different households
- You should ensure you are 2 metres (3 steps apart) apart from anyone outside of your household or at least one metre with precautions such as wearing a face mask
- You can travel any distance to get to the countryside but do not travel to different parts of the UK if the rules in that country do not allow you to
- Check first if facilities, such as car parks, are open to receive visitors and, when in the countryside, continue to follow the Countryside Code by respecting the local community and protecting the natural environment
- Take hand sanitiser with you in case there are no handwashing facilities
- Ensure you wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when you return home. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
For more information see the full Government guidance on access to green spaces.
Advice for landowners
Landowners do not have the legal right to block or obstruct public rights of way. However, in very limited circumstances where large numbers of people are using such routes, landowners may consider the following measures:
- Tying gates open if it is safe to do so, so that walkers do not need to touch the gate
- Temporarily displaying polite notices that encourage users to respect local residents and workers by following social distancing guidelines and consider using alternative routes that do not pass through gardens, farmyards or schools
- Offering an alternative route around gardens and farmyards only where it is safe to do so (you must gain permission from relevant landowners and make sure the route is safe for users and livestock) provided that the original right of way is maintained