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Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks shut their gates

Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks shut their gates

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 9:22am 22nd March 2020.

The National Trust have closed all of their parks and gardens across the country to help maintain social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Despite earlier this week announcing their hope to keep parks and gardens open so people could access open space, they've now decided to close.
  • They're concerned their sites could be in 'high demand' with good weather on Mother's Day.
  • Fountains Abbey reported being 'very busy' and 'near capacity' on Saturday.

The popular open spaces at Fountains Abbey and Brimham Rocks are now closed as of midnight last night, as part of a new National Trust policy in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Earlier this week, they announced their hope to be able to keep their parks and gardens open so people could enjoy open space during the pandemic.

However, a surge in demand, including at Fountains Abbey yesterday, has made it difficult for the charity to maintain the government's social distancing guidelines, widely seen as a crucial part of slowing the spread of the virus.



They've therefore been forced to implement a new policy nationally which sees gardens and parks at all their properties being closed until further notice.

Director-General Hilary McGrady said:

"Despite our desire to keep our outdoor spaces open, the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors has to be our top priority. Having observed the numbers visiting our properties today and I am no longer convinced we can maintain social distancing over Mother’s Day when numbers are likely to grow, and beyond.

"We have now sadly taken the decision to close all of our parks and gardens, in addition to our houses, shops and cafes, to avoid crowding that puts social distancing at risk.

"We know that people are likely to need space and fresh air in the coming weeks and months and we will do all we can to provide access wherever possible."


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