Covid 19 and Outdoor Activities

This is the latest Government advice concerning outdoor activities

For the general public who are fit and well

In line with scientific advice that the risk of transmitting the virus is much lower outside, the Government is permitting more social activity outside. You can spend time outdoors with members of your own household and, from Monday 1 June, you can meet in a gathering of up to six people you do not live with. This can be in a public outdoor space, or in a private garden or uncovered yard or terrace.The more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread. When seeing friends and family outdoors:It would be sensible to keep the total number of people you see limited – especially over short periods of time When you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home. Most importantly, this includes the key advice that you should stay two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Face coverings can help us protect each other and reduce the spread of the disease if you are in an enclosed space where social distancing is difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet, for example – if using public transport to access activities.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating (including if you have been contacted by the test and trace programme), you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

People aged over 70 and those who are clinically vulnerable

Some people, including those aged 70 and over, those with specific chronic pre-existing conditions and pregnant women, are clinically vulnerable, meaning they are at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus. As we begin to ease restrictions, this group who are clinically vulnerable should continue to take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household.

People who are defined as extremely clinically vulnerable.

There is a further group of people who are defined, also on medical grounds, as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus – that is, people with specific serious health conditions. They are advised to continue shielding to keep themselves safe by staying at home and avoiding gatherings or, if individuals wish to spend time outdoors, to take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping two metres apart at all times.

Points to Note:

  • The government is still asking all people to consider the amount of contact that they have with others even within the six person limitation.
  • There are further considerations as to the amount of external contact if you are over 70 or clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable.
  • It is important to consider any activity against this government advice which for everyone is to minimize contact with others as much as possible.