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Coronavirus & Countryside Mobility (19 March)

Date Posted: 19 March 2020

Countryside Mobility and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

19 March 2020

From the outset Countryside Mobility has sought to maximise the opportunities for safe enjoyment and access in the South West. In recent weeks we have worked closely with our partner hire locations to put in place the relevant precautions in line with Government advice such as increased cleaning regimes.

Following the Government’s advice on 16 March regarding the increased need for social distancing each of our partner organisations has been reviewing their approach to interaction with visitors.

As a consequence there has been a significant change in the availability of Tramper hire, primarily at National Trust properties, which has closed all visitor facing services (including Tramper hire).

You will be aware that this is a fast-moving situation and it is likely availability will reduce further as additional measures are introduced to protect health. Please accept our sincere apologies that we are not able to offer the normal service but we hope you will understand the exceptional circumstances.

What we will do:

  • Keep you informed – We will do our best to maintain an up to date list of the current status of each location.  In the Locations section of our website you will find a new section that we will keep updated on current availability. However, as the situation can change quickly we would always recommend you phone ahead.
  • Extend Annual membership – As opportunities will be more limited in coming weeks we will compensate for this by adding 3 months when you next renew your membership (providing you with 15 rather than 12 months).
  • Keep Your Spirits Up – We will look to bring the countryside to you through photos, video and more. If you use Facebook or Twitter please follow us.   
  • Prepare for New Opportunities – We have a number of exciting hire locations coming into the scheme across the region this year. We will use the time to continue preparations so that these are available as soon as possible. We’ll also be unveiling some special opportunities related to our 10th birthday.

What you can do:

  • Stay well – Our primary concern is your health and wellbeing. Therefore we would encourage you to follow the latest Government advice relevant to you.
  • Care for those hiring Trampers – Please follow precautions regarding social distancing, self-isolation and handwashing to help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Keep in touch – Although the charity that we are part of has closed its office you can keep in touch with us by calling 01392 459222, emailing ([email protected]) or on Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you for your ongoing support – we really appreciate it!

Neil Warren (Countryside Mobility Project Manager)