05 Nov Stay safe this autumn Covid 19 update November 2020
Coronavirus in South Devon
Fortunately we have experienced a lower incidence of coronavirus compared to many other parts of the country. However, numbers have been increasing recently and we have a relatively elderly population in some parts of the AONB, Local communities are understandably still taking the threat very seriously.
We want to encourage visitors to access our area in a safe and responsible way; looking after our local communities, our visitors and the landscape around us.
Whilst Lockdown restrictions are in place, many businesses and facilities such as toilets may be closed so it’s therefore important that you are aware of these and that you plan ahead.
It’s worth making a back-up plan in case the place you intended to visit is busy and be prepared to change your plans if you need to.
- When heading to the coast check the weather and tides and keep an eye on your family
- Wash your hands regularly – bring hand/sanitising gel with you, as there are limited facilities for hand washing and use it after touching shared surfaces e.g. gates and stiles when walking on paths.
- Many people in the local community are in vulnerable groups and still need to self-isolate. While walking, please keep a safe distance from homes, schools, and farms.
- Travel sustainably: If you can, journey on foot or bike. This means you experience the wonderful scenery of the AONB en route and you don’t have to worry about finding a car parking space.
- Stay two metres apart, keep within your family/household groups, and avoid gathering in villages where many of the shops and services remain closed.
- Be kind and considerate to one another.
Natural England have updated the Countryside Code for how to use outdoor spaces respectfully and safely during these challenging times. The Code urges you to ease respect other people and protect the natural environment by:
- leaving no trace of your visit and taking all of your litter home
- not using barbecues as they risk causing wildfires
- keeping dogs under effective control and on a lead when you are around farm animals
- leaving gates as you find them and following instructions on signs
- keeping to footpaths and following signs where they suggest alternative routes
The AONB Team
The AONB team is still working at home and conducting meetings remotely. We are really looking forward to the time when we can run our activities with you but only when it is safe to do so. Our winter programme will include some online events. Details of all events will be posted on the website
We can be contacted in the normal way via emails or phone. Accessing post will be on an irregular basis