Following the increasing numbers of safety measures advised by the government to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, the National Trust has announced that it plans to keep as many of its parks and gardens open and free of charge.
The National Trust’s houses, cafés and shops will close by Friday 20 March.
“The National Trust was founded 125 years ago for the benefit of the entire nation,” says the National Trust’s director-general Hilary McGrady. “We want to honour our mission – to enable people and nature to thrive. Over the coming weeks we will do all that we can to keep on providing public benefit through caring for places and giving people access wherever possible.”
“While we will close our indoor areas to help fight the spread of coronavirus, we recognise that people are likely to need access to open space.”
Corfe Castle. © Robert Harding/Getty
This follows the UK government’s advice to stop non-essential contact with other people and avoid all unnecessary travel, known as social distancing.
Whilst social distancing, people should work from home when possible, spend less time in public places, and avoid social venues.
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Self-isolating is a different measure, where people need to cut themselves off from the rest of the world, even avoiding leaving the house to buy food or essentials.