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Coronavirus and Rights of Way

From 19 July:

  • There are no limits on the number of people you can meet. However, in order to minimise risk at a time of high prevalence, you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

Please follow these steps:

  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
  • Please leave gates on rights of way as you find them - some landowners may tie gates open at this time to avoid the need for path users to touch the gate.
  • Follow the Countryside Code.
  • You may want to wear gloves to prevent infection when using gates and stiles.
  • Wash your hands when you return home.

Please help us to keep the sites safe, usable and wildlife friendly: 

  • Taking your litter home so our staff can focus on critical operations

  • Stay on paths

  • Keep dogs under effective control, particularly around livestock and wildlife

If you encounter a problem when using the path network please report it to us.

Please note: we operate a rights of way charter to manage the path network but the target deadlines are affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst we will endeavour to respond to the more serious category 1 and 2 issues within our normal time scales, this may not be possible at this time.

Issues categorised as ploughing and cropping or 3 and 4 will be addressed only if resources allow.

We are not currently being supported by volunteers due to the pandemic and our own staff may be needed to support Staffordshire’s more vulnerable residents and assist in other areas at this time. 

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