COVID-19 update

17.05.21 Update

The county of Kent, along with the rest of England are now following the latest government announcement changes that come into effect from 12th April:

The latest government requirements are:

  • You can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or a group of any size from 2 households
  • You can meet outside in a group of up to 30 people
  • Work from home if you can and travel safely
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home
  • Hands: wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • Face: wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult.
  • Space: stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

Explore local green spaces!

Access to the outdoors for exercise and socialisation will be more important than ever for our wellbeing. We should all make an effort to stay active and maintain our connection to the outdoors. 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 do not travel 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.

Countryside, beaches and parks will be open. Facilities such as cafes and toilets may be available, but please do check before you go.


Kent Country Parks – visitor centres are closed. Car parks and toilets will remain open. Please don’t travel far, use your local spaces.

Shorne Woods Playground – as of 20th January Shorne Woods playground will be closed. The decision is reflective of the significant number of visitors, social gatherings and lack of social distancing and supervision around and in the play area. By closing the play area we hope that this will disperse visitors over a wider area as well as discourage gatherings, thereby increasing people’s safety at this time.


The National Trust – gardens, parks and countryside in England remain open for local members to enjoy the fresh air and exercise. Gardens and parks will continue to have a daily number limit, you will need to book to visit your local site. Outdoor seating is available at some cafés and indoor seating will be available at cafés in England and Wales from 17 May. Houses in England and Wales will start to reopen from 17 May.


Please check before you travel and consider exploring quieter parts of Kent’s countryside and avoiding popular locations at busy times. 

The Countryside Code reminds us to: Respect, Protect and Enjoy.

Continue to look out for each other and stay safe,

The Explore Kent Team

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