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'The crisis is far from over: things are not back to normal and we are still in the middle of a pandemic.'

People standing together talking near the Devils Kneading Trough, Wye. Despite being surrounded by acres of open space, some people are failing to social distance and putting themselves and others at risk.

In short, you are risking your life and the lives of others if you do not behave responsibly. Speaking on behalf of the Kent Resilience Forum, Director of Public Health at Medway Council, James Williams, warned that 'there is still a danger of spreading Covid-19 and it is absolutely vital that Kent and Medway residents, as well as anyone visiting the county's beaches and open spaces, continue to social distance to help everyone stay safe. If people do not follow the guidelines and behave responsibly, the virus will start to spread rapidly once again'

The Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is looking magnificent, and hundreds of people are out enjoying the fresh air, sunshine and space on the Wye National Nature Reserve today. Clearly, although many visitors are being highly responsible and keeping their physical distance from other people, some are not bothering. Despite being surrounded by acres of open space.

Looking forward to the forecast of more dry, warm and sunny weather next week, James Williams stressed that 'a public health crisis still exists with nearly 5,000 people suffering from Covid-19 in the county.' Williams warns that 'the easing of government restrictions could lead to more people becoming complacent and dismissing the warnings. However things are not back to normal and we are still in the middle of a pandemic.'

The stark personal warning to each of us is that although fresh air and exercise is good for us, you are risking your life and the lives of others if you do not behave responsibly. Read the full statement and advice from the Kent Resilience Forum here.

Posted: Sat, 30 May 2020 16:30 by Parish Admin

Tags: AONB, Cornavirus, Covid-19, Devil's Kneading Trough, Kent Downs, Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Kent Resilience Forum, North Downs Way, Physical Distancing, Public Health, Social Distancing, Wye National Nature Reserve