Coronavirus Public Rights of Way guidance
If you live close to a Public Right of Way, please be aware that the public have a legal right to use it, and you should not block or obstruct paths. Some paths pass close to residential properties, and in some cases through gardens, but with sensible precautions there is no reason that this would increase the risk to householders of contracting Coronavirus.
Public rights of way provide an opportunity for local people to take daily exercise.
People may leave home to exercise or spend time outdoors. You can travel to outdoor open spaces and to use Public Rights of Way irrespective of distance. However, please consider the impact your visit could have on others in the area you are visiting. You should not travel with someone from outside your household unless you can practise social distancing - for example, by cycling. Even when heading out for exercise, you should be minimising the time spent away from home and ensuring that you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
Full details of guidance can be found at Gov.uk: new guidance on spending time outdoors.
Additional guidance can be found at Gov.uk: guidance on accessing green spaces safely.
Where residents living near a Public Right of Way have concerns, then they should exercise suitable precautions to ensure social distancing from people on the path. They may also want to regularly clean any gate latches or other surfaces on any paths across their property.
We have provided posters for people living near a Public Right of Way to remind people about Coronavirus:
At this time there are no plans to close Public Rights of Way.