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COVID-19 Weekend Update

Thursday 23 April, 2020, by Mark Sadler

Ahead of the weekend, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is once again urging the public to stay home and not to make any unnecessary trips to, or around the National Park.

Recognising that exercise is still important for physical and mental wellbeing, the government has said people can leave their homes for exercise once a day, provided they follow this guidance in order to stay safe:

  • 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

National Park Offices, Visitor Centres, car parks and toilets remain closed, while public rights of way are open for local people to take exercise, and shop for essentials. It is important these are not blocked or obstructed.

Where public rights of way pass close to, or through residential and agricultural properties, the above advice regarding social distancing and hand washing should be strictly adhered to.

The National Park Ranger Service will once again be supporting North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police in the National Park throughout the weekend, encouraging people to heed this advice.

Information and guidance continues to be updated online at

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Mark Sadler

Mark is the Communications Manager with the YDNPA.


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