Countryside walks, sunbathing and picnics could be allowed under phase one of easing lockdown

Countryside walks, sunbathing and picnics are all set to be given the green light under Government plans for easing lockdown.

Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 9:22 am
Updated Sunday, 3rd May 2020, 9:32 am

The Mail on Sunday has reported that phase one of easing the lockdown will allow more freedoms on outdoor activities, which are currently restricted to one form of exercise per day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he will outline a “comprehensive plan” to ease the current measures next week.

Under the plans, which are likely to come into effect this month if coronavirus infection rates continue to fall, people can exercise several times each day and drive to the countryside and other outdoor spaces for walks and picnics. It would mean the Peak District an other countryside areas ‘re-opening’.

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The changes mean the Peak District could 're-open' for countryside walks.

Police have visited several locations in the Peak District since lockdown began to ensure walkers are staying away. There have also been reports of landowners blocking pathways.

People will still only be allowed to mix with members of their own household under the plans and must stay at least two metres away from other groups.

Playgrounds and beaches, where social distance is harder to practice, will remain closed.

Lockdown rules will still be strictly enforced, with fines set to increase to £3,000 for repeat offenders. This week South Yorkshire Police revealed they have issued more than 250 lockdown fines so far.

The phase one proposals will not see any further significant changes, with non-food retailers, factories, warehouses and more construction sites not expected to be encouraged to open until June. The majority of employees are expected to be told to continue working from home.