COVID-19 update

23.07.20 Update

The latest government guidance has now set out a plan to return life to as near as normal as possible. Currently you should go to work if it is safe to do so, limit contact with other people by social distancing (2 metres where possible) and continuing to wash your hands regularly.

From Friday 24th June 2020, face coverings will be required in shops and supermarkets. People are being strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in enclosed spaces where there are people whom you would not normally come into contact with.

It remains the case that you should not socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households. Gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is exclusively from two households or support bubbles. With this in mind, Explore Kent recommends that you check before you travel if parks and outdoor spaces are open, have parking available and are suitable for social distancing.

However, we want to help everyone stay active and maintain their connection to the outdoors – both of which are important to our physical and mental wellbeing during these stressful and uncertain times. To do this we suggest:

  • Using the Explore Kent activity map to find local parks and open spaces across Kent.
  • Using the Public Rights of Way Map to find walking and cycling routes near to you for work or leisure.
  • Go outside for exercise and maintain your usual exercise routine but avoid travelling to busy areas.
  • Stay at least 2m from other people. Please be considerate and maintain distance when using Public Rights of Way close to people’s homes and gardens.
  • Wash your hands when you get home from being outside and as often as possible additionally using hand sanitiser if available.

Please note that all nine Kent Country Parks are now open, but there is limited parking and a high number of visitors so if you would like to visit we recommend that you go later in the afternoon or evening. For your safety, visitor centres, play areas and trim trials remain closed but you are free to explore and enjoy the natural play elements, such as fallen tree trunks, in the parks. Limited cafe facilities are available on a takeaway basis.

If you are looking for summer holiday ideas, our new staycation in Kent has lots of family friendly activities to keep you inspired.

Continue to look out for each other and stay safe,

The Explore Kent Team

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