COVID-19 – Public rights of way

The council is thanking residents for being responsible during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and is urging everyone to be respectful of people around them when using open spaces and walking on public paths.

The current national guidance specifies that residents should only leave the house for essential shopping, providing care, travelling to work if absolutely necessary, and to do one form of exercise a day. In the case of Warrington’s parks and green spaces, these can be sensibly enjoyed for people wanting to leave the house for exercise or activity.

Residents are being urged to continue to follow government guidance on social distancing when out in public spaces and not to stray from public paths.

Public rights of way provide an opportunity for local people to take exercise and get some fresh air in these difficult times and the council is reminding everyone to take hand wipes or hand sanitiser with them, and where possible clean any gate latches others will be using. There are no plans to close public rights of way but in the event of any changes to legislation or government guidance the council will take any further action necessary.

Cllr Hans Mundry, cabinet member for transportation, highways and public realm, said: “Thank you to all the residents of Warrington who are following the government guidance on social distancing and supporting their neighbours during this difficult time. Whilst out on your daily exercise please keep to the paths and continue to follow the restrictions and measures which are in place to protect you and others.

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