The beautiful weather we are having at the moment is encouraging people to get out and about for their once daily, appropriately socially distanced walk or exercise, which is great.
We need to think, however, particularly in the countryside, of our farmers, and the people who work the ground over which we exercise. It is entirely possible that these people are already in self isolation, which is jeopardised by the proximity of walkers.
We do not know how long virus particles can last on surfaces, and every time we handle a gate or latch, or climb over a stile, we could unwittingly be putting the next person to touch that item at risk.
The last thing we want to do is put our farmers and food producers at risk, so please consider walking on lanes, roads and tracks instead of footpaths where you are more likely to find a barrier of some sort that you have to touch.
Our farmers stood by us last winter, let's stand by them now.
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