Our response to Covid-19

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

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Last updated Tuesday 21 December 2021

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

The Scottish Government guidance on ‘Staying safe and protecting others’ is being updated regularly to stem the flow of transmission of the Omicron strain of Covid-19.

For informal outdoor walks 

There is no legal requirement for physical distancing and no limit on the number of people who can walk together outdoors. 

Health Walks

Our organised group Health Walk projects can continue. Please contact your local group for details.

Our advice for walking

Stay safe – look after yourself and those in your care

  • Meeting outdoors remains the safest way to get together. 
  • Take a lateral flow test before you meet others and try to maintain physical distance from those not in your group if you can.
  • Where possible, avoid touching hard surfaces such as walls, fences and park benches.

Be smart

  • You should avoid crowded places or wear a face covering in crowded places
  • 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

  • It’s important people keep thinking about how to avoid transmitting the virus. This is particularly important for those who may be vulnerable and those who are yet to be fully vaccinated. 
  • Respect other path users and give priority to older people, people with poor mobility or visual impairments and people in wheelchairs.
  • Take your litter with you

Travelling during Covid-19 

Click here for Transport Scotland's advice on travelling within Scotland.

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 have issued advice on dog walking during the coronavirus outbreak.


Information for Scottish Health Walk Network Members

Group Health Walks can continue to operate following the Paths for All guidance.

Members of our Scottish Health Walk Network should visit our website Members Area and the Slack channel where we will post updates, guidance and news as things change.

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. Projects supported through SCSP should follow to the latest government guidelines. For any further advice or support please email the SCSP team. 

Information for our Community Path projects

In line with Scottish Government advice there is no limit to group size or legal requirement for physical distancing outdoors. You should follow government guidelines and proceed with care and caution, such as by practicing regular cleaning of hands and equipment.

Paths for All's working practice

In line with Government advice, Paths for All staff are working from home, with meetings taking place online. 

You can contact us by phone or email. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@pathsforall.org.uk