Corona Virus Update – 25th March 2020

ACCESS TO BOX MOOR TRUST LAND

The latest guidance is for most of us is to stay indoors. You can visit a park once a day for exercise if you keep to important conditions. All Trust land therefore remains open for that exercise. You can download a map from this website and there are walks leaflets that will show ideal places for short walks where you can be away from others. With 500 acres out there you have room to be alone. The Government could withdraw this option if the public do not adhere to the rules.

We have all seen all the latest stringent requirements by now. The rules for your once a day exercise are:

WALK ALONE OR WITH A MEMBER OF YOUR OWN HOUSHOLD – GROUPS CAN ONLY EXCEED 2 IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE WITH YOU

KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING OF LEAST 2 METRES FROM OTHERS AND KEEP MOVING – ENJOY BUT DON’T DWELL

DO NOT CONGREGATE IN GROUPS – NO BALL GAMES, NO SUN BATHING AND NO PICNICS

With increasing restrictions and more people at home there will be much pressure on open spaces so in everyone’s interests and to avoid putting extra pressure on the NHS it is vital :-

  • To wash your hands before leaving home for exercise and use sterile wipes before touching surfaces others might use.
  • To open gates with gloves or using items of clothing.
  • Not to touch hard surfaces like hand rails.
  • To look at our website livestock grazing map if you wish to let your dog off lead.
  • To keep your dog on a lead near children.
  • To clean up after your dog. Failing to clean up causes diseases to our animals as well as putting animals at risk.
  • To reduce pressure on Trust staff – PLEASE take your litter and dog bag home.
  • To keep to obvious walk ways so that others can enjoy the emerging spring flowers.
  • To encourage others to follow all the above – we need a community wide effort.

THESE ARE NOT JUST CASUAL REQUESTS – CONTACT WITH OTHERS CAN ENDANGER LIVES AND PUT EVEN MORE PRESSURE ON OUR HARD WORKING HEALTH SERVICES.

AND ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

We all need to stay positive and seek good news through this deeply challenging time. Spring is a time to re-invigorate all of us. There is much out there to enjoy. Nature is booming out there and is oblivious to the virus! Via our website and social media we will update you with good news items and things to do. We would welcome nice images of wildlife and landscapes on your walk so that we can share them with others who are confined to home. Just email a copy to [email protected].

AND FINALLY

The Trust is working with a skeleton staff on priority work. If you have any report of damage to Trust property or another urgent message please ring 01442 253300. If you have important news or a questions please email us on [email protected] and we will try and get back as soon as possible.