Our response to Covid-19

Statement: our advice for our networks and the public on the Coronavirus outbreak

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Last updated Wednesday 18 November 2020

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we want everyone to be able to walk every day as a safe and enjoyable way to look after our physical and mental wellbeing.

Scotland entered a new system of Cornavirus local protection levels from Monday 2 November. Visit the Scottish Government website to find out the protection level for each local area (searchable by postcode) and get information on what you can and cannot do at each level.

Our advice for walking

Stay safe – look after yourself and those in your care

  • You should always maintain physical distancing of at least 2 metres between different households and follow strict hygiene guidance.
  • For informal social walks, up to 2 households can meet with a maximum of 6 people (Under 12s from the 2 households are not counted within this limit) 
  • Where possible, avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.
  • Children under 12 do not have to physically distance with other children or adults when outdoors. ​

Be smart

  • You should avoid crowded places where physical distancing may be difficult and take into account any localised restrictions.
  • You should follow the Outdoor Access Code at all times when enjoying the outdoors.
  • Consider bringing things you may need – hand sanitiser, face covering, contactless payment options, etc.

Be kind

  • Consider exercising at less busy times and avoid hotspots
  • Respect other path users and give older people and people with poor mobility, visually impaired and people in wheelchairs priority
  • Take your litter with you

Click here for more detailed guidance on walking, cycling and wheeling during Covid-19, produced in partnership with Transport Scotland, Public Health Scotland, the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland and various active travel organisations in Scotland.

Click here for Transport Scotland's advice on travelling within Scotland during Covid-19 and the Scottish Government's advice for travel between protection level areas.


Walking during periods of social distancing

Click here for our advice to make the most of a short walk during periods of physical distancing.

Keeping active at home

Click here for our top tips to get active from the comfort of your own home.

Click here for advice for keeping active when you're working from home.

Walking your dog

The Scottish Government's have issued advice on dog walking during the coronavirus outbreak.


Information for Scottish Health Walk Network Members

We're working with our Scottish Health Walk Network to support the restart of Health Walk projects. We’ve prepared detailed guidance to help Health Walk projects plan, develop and evaluate the restart of Health Walks in their communities, which can be accessed via our Members Area.

It remains the case that up to 30 people can participate in organised group Health Walks. Health Walks are exempt from the ‘informal social meetings’ guidance (or 6 people from 2 households) and come under the organised, outdoor, non-contact sport and physical activity guidance. Across all 5 levels, from 0-4, Health Walks are permitted. Exceptions to the travel restrictions into or out of Level 3 and 4 local authority areas exist if you are providing voluntary or charitable services (i.e. leading Health Walks) and also to travel locally (within around 5 miles of your local authority area) to reach a place to take exercise outdoors.

If you're a Volunteer Walk Leader, or normally take part in a local Health Walk, you can keep up to date on restarting of walks here or by contacting your local project here.

Information for Smarter Choices Smarter Places projects

Covid-19 lockdown has offered an insight into how our towns and cities can be much better places to live in with many more people walking and cycling regularly, safer streets, cleaner air and less noise pollution. Read our Covid-19 impact advice for funded SCSP projects here.

Information for our Community Path projects

We have produced advice to help community path groups plan for a future return to work.

Although works on the ground have halted, our Community Active Travel Grants are open to expressions of interest.

If you need help planning your community path projects remember our Active Environments Team are here to help you by providing advice and support.

Paths for All's working practice

In line with Government advice, all Paths for All staff are now working from home, and we have cancelled upcoming face-to-face meetings and events.

You can still get in touch with us by contacting us by phone. See our staff page for contact information.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@pathsforall.org.uk

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