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National Trust reopening some car parks

Corfe Castle, Dorset
Corfe Castle, Dorset

Following new guidance from the Government, National Trust has announced that they are reopening some of their car parks in England from Wednesday 13th May.

Many National Trust members have been eager to make use of outdoor spaces. Now that the new guidance offers travel and unlimited exercise, many will seek to make use of their paid memberships to visit National Trust beauty spots – whether locally or through driving.

It’s understood that car parks that are staffed or have facilities will take longer to open while plans are made to ensure the safety of visitors.

Up until now, National Trust has been keeping the public in loop with their houses and gardens through a collection of stunning images and updates being posted throughout their social media channels.

National Trust initially shut their car parks on 24th March to aid with preventing the spread of COVID-19, just days after closing gated parks, gardens, cafes and shops.

It’s important to note that National Trust gardens, houses, shops and cafes remain closed.

The new update regarding the reopening of National Trust car parks, reads:

“We’re closely following government guidance at all times and are now considering the detailed plan published yesterday afternoon to further inform our own plans. The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and local communities remains our priority

“All opening decisions will be guided by local judgement. It’s important that we avoid hotspots developing for the safety of visitors and local communities, and we may not open places where this is too great a risk.

“For the moment our pay-for-entry places including houses and gardens, remain closed. Any reopening will need to be phased and gradual. In order to maintain social distancing when they reopen, we plan to introduce a pre-booking system. The latest government guidance about outdoor ticketed venues means they remain closed for now.”

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