Coronavirus: public rights of way | Central Bedfordshire Council

Coronavirus: public rights of way

How public rights of way are affected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Advice for path users

While our public rights of way remain open you should only walk, run or ride to them and not drive to them.

There is government advice on going out:

  • stay two metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • don’t go out with other people unless you live as a household with them
  • try to avoid touching your face
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

Some public rights of way go through other people’s premises, gardens or farmyards. These people may be self-isolating, or belong in a high-risk group (including older farmers), so consider whether you should take an alternative footpath or bridleway instead: landowners and farmers may signpost a diversion you can use, under such circumstances.

Advice for landowners and farmers

We have no plans to close any public rights of way due to coronavirus, but this is subject to further guidance from government. Individuals cannot prevent people using public rights of way. However, landowners can provide a temporary alternative route and invite people to use this instead – as long as the public right of way remains open and available for public use.

Changes in our service

We are heeding government advice and staff are restricting their journeys to essential ones only. We are not having face-to-face meetings or conducting site visits unless to deal with emergencies. We have also halted all volunteer work.