Cheshire East Council Covid-19 Information for users of Public Rights of Way

You are reminded that people live and work in close proximity to many of our Public Rights of Way and many  landowners will be especially vulnerable at this time. Be sensible, courteous and considerate when using Public Rights of Way at this time by following the government guidance on social distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart and by keeping to the definitive line. Dogs should be kept under close control at all times.

When using gates and stiles be mindful that other people pass through these and that landowners may need to use them multiple times a day. Wash your hands/sanitise as soon as soon as possible after touching shared surfaces. There is information about Covid-19 on our website about all our responsibilities to protect each other and the NHS.

Public rights of way provide an opportunity for people to take exercise in their local area and get some fresh air in these difficult times. However, people should not be making special journeys to access them, and should not congregate on public rights of way. If there is a particular problem with large numbers of people congregating on a right of way then the Police should be informed who have powers to disperse such groups.

We manage the public rights of way network in line with national government legislation and guidance and at present there is no advice or requirement for the public rights of way network to be closed or restricted in any way.

The Council will respond to any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance but at this time there are no provisions to close public rights of way.

 

Covid-19 – Information for landowners and property owners

We manage the public rights of way network in line with national government legislation and guidance and at present there is no advice or requirement for the public rights of way network to be closed or restricted in any way.

People living and working in close proximity to public rights of way are reminded that the public have a legal right to use a Public Right of Way, and that they should not block or obstruct paths. Where residents living near Public Rights of Way have concerns then they should exercise suitable precautions to ensure social distancing from people on the path. They may want to regularly clean any gate latches or other surfaces on any paths across their property. There is information about Covid-19 on our website about all our responsibilities to protect each other and the NHS.

If suitable, you are entitled to install a permissive path through which you can invite users to use an alternative route.  But the definitive alignment of the public right of way must remain open and available at all times, and that any permissive path is arranged under your own liabilities and insurance cover and must have agreement from all landowners.  You would be advised to waymark any permissive path as such and the Public Rights of Way team can provide further advice on this.

You may wish to inform the public using the public right of way of their responsibilities, by displaying an appropriate notice.

This should not discourage use but alert users to their proximity to homes and working environments and to use appropriate and reasonable caution in terms of social distancing and hygiene practices.

Public rights of way provide an opportunity for people to take exercise in their local area and get some fresh air in these difficult times. However, people should not be making special journeys to access them, and should not congregate on public rights of way. If there is a particular problem with large numbers of people congregating on a right of way then the Police should be informed who have powers to disperse such groups.

The Council will respond to any further actions necessary in the event of any changes to legislation or Government guidance but at this time there are no provisions to close public rights of way.

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