County Council urges people to continue to follow Government social distancing guidelines during Coronavirus outbreak

At a time when people are walking, cycling and running in the countryside close to where they live for health and wellbeing, Hampshire County Council is reminding everyone to be reasonable in their use of countryside sites and country parks for daily exercise

Apr 23 2020

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Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Countryside and Rural Affairs, Councillor Edward Heron, said: “The Government has called on us to continue to help reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home except for very limited purposes. I urge people to continue to use public outdoor spaces and local rights of way sensibly, to follow the Countryside code and to show respect to those around them.”

Government guidance states that people should limit exercise outside to once a day only.

Councillor Heron continued: “While it might be tempting with the nice spring weather to go outside more or gather in groups with people other than those you are living with - please do not do so. This Government’s message to the country is clear and we must all contribute in consolidating the progress we are making on preventing the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home, except for the limited reasons in the Government guidance. This is a nationwide effort, and we can all play our part to help reduce the spread of the virus and save lives by limiting our journeys.

“Therefore, in our continuing bid to keep all Hampshire residents safe, all car parks at our country parks will remain closed to vehicles until further notice.”

Read the Government’s Coronavirus guidance in full online.