Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team Plymouth asked that people do not make journeys to Dartmoor this weekend, nor next weekend which is the Easter Bank Holiday, if they are unnecessary in light of clear government advice on social distancing and unnecessary travel.
The Government has issued new guidance for people on using green spaces and protecting yourself and others
The Government’s priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home.
However, exercise is still important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing, so the Government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day.
This advice has the express aim of slowing the spread of coronavirus, protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives, and currently is as follows:
- stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily
- you should only go outside alone or with members of your own household
- keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
- gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned and the police will enforce this
- if you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air
- take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
Anyone can spread the virus.
Thank you for playing your part in beating this pandemic. We look forward to welcoming you back when this is over. Until then we hope you understand our National Parks are living, working landscapes: the home to thousands of people and the factory floor for many farmers. Please think of them and the pressure you can inadvertently place on local services.
Essential travel does not include driving to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain at home. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.