Exmoor COVID-19 Update - 5th January 2021
National Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are now in place across England.
These state that: “You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.”
For more information on accessing green spaces safely see: Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on accessing green spaces safely - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). This includes information for those who own or manage land.
Thank you for your support as we continue to balance the needs of those who come to exercise with those who live and work in the National Park. Our priority remains to follow government guidance and help keep people safe.
National Parks have played an even more important part in many people’s lives this year. We know how vital connecting with the outdoors is for our physical and mental health and wellbeing and look forward to the day when we can welcome everyone back safely. In the meantime, do follow #VirtualExmoor on social media for your daily dose of Exmoor.
All overnight accommodation provision for visitors is closed within the National Park and holidays in the UK aren’t permitted, including to second homes and caravans.
All non-essential shops, cafes and restaurants are closed until further notice. You can continue to support our local businesses by ordering online. For a list of local producers with online shops see: www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/buylocal
National Park Centres in Lynmouth, Dunster and Dulverton are closed, but you can still contact them for advice by phone and email.
Public rights of way remain open for those who can access them in line with government restrictions and we will continue to carry out any inspections and maintenance as necessary. We ask that you take care to follow local signs in place for your own safety, and that of staff and residents. Please also be considerate of any wildlife or livestock that may take the opportunity to relocate while fewer humans are around.
Car parks and public toilets run by the National Park Authority will remain open for local use to assist those with mobility issues and maintain hygiene. Please be aware that not all such facilities are run by the National Park. If you find that car parks are shut, please seek appropriate alternatives and don’t park on verges or in entranceways. And it goes without saying that nature is neither a bathroom nor a rubbish bin.
Follow the Covid Countryside Code
Respect other people
- Observe social distancing measures - maintain 2 metre gap
- Drive and park considerately - be careful not to block roads or gateways
- Leave gates and property as you find them
Protect the natural environment
- Leave no trace of your visit, take all your litter home
- Don’t have BBQs or campfires in open countryside
- Keep dogs under effective control - clear away dog poo
- Don’t feed the Exmoor ponies or disturb wildlife
Enjoy the outdoors
- Plan-ahead, check what facilities are open, avoid busy times and locations
- Follow advice and local signs such as temporary one-way routes
How we're helping keep you safe:
- Deep cleaning our toilets. We'll continue to do enhanced daily cleans. We’ll also leave windows open and have extractor fans running longer to improve ventilation.
- Social distancing measures, such as floor markings and signage.
- Hand sanitiser dispensers in car parks and outside public toilets.
- Changes to rights of way. Temporary one-way systems and path diversions to aid social distancing. Please follow local signs.
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