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Walsall Council encourages residents to follow guidance if accessing Public Rights of Way for daily exercise

  • 24 April 2020
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The council is asking residents to be mindful when using Public Rights of Way such as footpaths, bridleways and byways when accessing them for once a day exercise.

The government’s guidelines during COVID-19 are that the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home. However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so it has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day, especially if they do not have access to a garden at home.

Residents should stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily

  • you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
  • keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
  • gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
  • take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. If using Public Rights of Way take particular care after touching gates and stiles for example
  • If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.
  • Follow the countryside code when walking in agricultural areas, for additional information click here. You can find further national guidance for pet owners here
  • Make sure you leave gates as you find them.

Please see the latest government guidance on social distancing. The Cabinet Office has also published the following: Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do.

Walsall Council provide useful updates, advice and information about impacts on services on their website

Notes to editors

Further guidelines and information about dog-walking in the country side can be found here

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