The latest announcement from the government asks us all to stay alert, by staying at home as much as possible; work from home if you can, limit contact with other people, keep your distance if you go out (2 metres where possible) and wash your hands regularly.
From Monday 1st June 2020, up to 6 people can meet in outdoor spaces and gardens, but you must maintain 2 metres distance from people you don’t live with. There is no restriction on the amount of time that you can exercise outdoors, and you may now travel to exercise. 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. Avoid travelling excessive distances to enjoy the countryside, and try not to visit places which you know or suspect will be crowded. Please be aware that some walking routes are narrow and make social distancing difficult.
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 close to your home.
- Using the Public Rights of Way Map to find footpaths near you that provide a safe route to walk to work.
- Go outside for exercise but avoid travelling to busy areas.
- Go outside alone or with members of your household and 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. You can meet or exercise with up to 6 people from different households providing you keep to the social distancing guidelines.
- Wash your hands when you get home from being outside and as often as possible additionally using hand sanitiser if available.
- Spend time in the garden, exercising, gardening or just enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. This is a great time to make your garden look pretty with new plants, flowers or vegetables.
Please note that all nine KKC operated 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. Toilets are now open, but visitor centres and cafes remain closed. Children’s playgrounds and outdoor gyms also remain closed. Please use common sense when planning a visit to avoid spreading the virus.
Over the coming weeks, we will continue to share ideas to get active at home and in the garden.
Stay safe everyone and stay alert.
The Explore Kent Team