Published: 13:04, 21 March 2020
| Updated: 13:10, 21 March 2020
Charity bosses are warning people to think carefully before they head out on Mother's Day tomorrow.
The National Trust announced this week it would be keeping its open spaces and car parks open for free to provide people somewhere to get out for some fresh air amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Now, with sunny, dry weather forecast across Kent for Mother's Day tomorrow the trust is urging caution and has asked people to consider only visiting local spaces.
And managers have warned some of its smaller open spaces might have to close if measures to social distance and guidelines of social gatherings are compromised.
The trust had said it would be keeping its spaces open while urging anyone attending should also practice social distancing and careful hygiene, in line with government guidance.
Nature expert and writer Andy Beer from the National Trust said: “Although our coast and countryside will be open as usual, we’d encourage people to stay local and enjoy the first moments of spring where they are rather than making an unnecessary journey.
“There are so many small moments of nature that we can enjoy now that spring has arrived, from the first blossom to flower, birdsong and the first leaves unfurling on our trees.
“We’ve had so much support for our move to keep our outdoor places open which has been really terrific to see. However, we have a responsibility to adhere to government advice and although many can continue to enjoy many of our outdoor places we recognise this weekend is likely to be a challenge.
“To ensure we are encouraging people to stay aware of social distancing, many of our smaller parks and gardens could be closed this weekend. The wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our top priority.”
Information on which National Trust outdoor places are open this weekend can be found at nationaltrust.org.uk
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