05 Jan January 2021 – Lockdown update
We want to encourage everyone to stay safe and respectful of other people and wildlife when taking exercise during the lockdown:
- Stay local – use this time to get to know the green space and wildlife on your doorstep … there’s a lot to see even in January and February!
- Think of others by keeping to current social distancing guidance, avoid walking near farm buildings and homes where possible, use hand sanitiser and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
- Please take all litter home
- Avoid putting pressure on emergency services – don’t take part in any dangerous activities
- Keep dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals
- Land managers may have taken action to provide extra protection of wildlife – keep and eye on changes to ensure you do not disrupt the local wildlife
- Keep to footpaths, leave gates as you find them and follow signs where they suggest alternative routes
Natural England has updated the Countryside Code for how to use outdoor spaces respectfully and safely during these challenging times.
- You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or social meeting). This should be limited to once per day and you should not travel outside your local area.
- You should minimise time spent outside your home.
- It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- By yourself
- With the people you live with
- In a childcare bubble providing childcare
- Or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
Public outdoor places include:
- Parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
- Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
- The grounds of a heritage site
Thank you for staying at home, protecting the NHS and saving lives.