Exmoor National Park says it will be reopening car parks and toilets this afternoon - so people can park safely and wash their hands.
Bosses warn all hospitality services will remain shut and are urging any visitors to remain considerate to those living and working there.
Dartmoor National Park has announced it's opened some car parks today, but won't be reopening toilets for the time being.
They say anyone who drives there must be considerate and socially distance.
Dorset Council says car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being.
From Wednesday 13 May people will be allowed to take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise, drive to other destinations – as long as existing rules on social distancing are followed. We look forward to welcoming visitors back to Dartmoor. Our priority is to help people remain safe – those who come to exercise and the people who live and work in the National Park. We have re-opened our car parks at Haytor (top and middle), Princetown, Postbridge and Meldon. For now they will be free to use. Our toilets remain closed until we can open them safely both for the public and our staff who clean them, while safely supporting social distancing. Our Visitor Centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future. If you choose to come to Dartmoor to exercise things will be different – you can’t simply do what you did before. We kindly ask you to make a few changes to the way you visit to protect yourself and our communities, so we can all do our bit to control the spread of Covid-19. Every single action you take will make a difference.
Sarah Bryan, Chief Executive of Exmoor National Park Authority, said: “We know many will be eager to come to Exmoor following the Prime Minister’s announcement that from Wednesday people may take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise and drive to other destinations, as long as existing rules on social distancing are followed.
“We look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as we can, but our priority at the moment is to keep people safe and that starts with those who live and work on Exmoor.
“We are working diligently behind the scenes with local communities, landowners, businesses and partners to apply our combined knowledge and expertise so the countryside can be enjoyed safely. As with all walks of life, this will mean everyone stepping up efforts to keep each other safe, including additional measures everyone must follow to support social distancing and avoid unnecessary pressure on our local services.
“Even so it will be some time before we can say Exmoor is open as usual and, in accordance with the current Covid alert level, National Park Centres, accommodation providers and food and drink outlets all remain closed. We thank everyone for their continued patience and consideration towards our communities and staff as we take these first cautious steps in line with the Government’s recovery strategy.”
Whilst some travel restrictions have been relaxed from 13 May 2020, please be considerate to our communities and staff if you choose to visit Exmoor National Park. The majority of visitor facilities including hospitality facilities and our National Park Centres remain closed for the time being. Social distancing measures continue to apply - please observe these at all times for your safety and the safety of communities, businesses and staff working and living in the National Park.
Authority-run car parks and public toilets will be re-opening on the afternoon of Wednesday 13th May to enable people to park safely without blocking highways and to follow Government advice to wash hands frequently. Some basic facilities managed by other organisations within the National Park will also be re-opening where possible. When accessing any of these facilities, please follow any measures put in place locally to support social distancing and good hygiene.
In line with government measures and the current COVID alert level, all non-essential retail, food & drink outlets and accommodation providers are closed until further notice.
Absolutely the right decision @DorsetCouncilUK. We’ve been fortunate to be among the lowest cases in the country. Dorset has done lockdown properly. We now can’t put our residents at risk by adopting an open for all visitors approach https://t.co/ymQF4RmtGe— Simon Hoare MP (@Simon4NDorset) May 13, 2020