Dartmoor National Park urges people not to visit until safety has been reviewed [and toilets opened]

One of the essential facilities that Boris Johnson, in his London redoubt, didn’t think about when he let visitors loose on the countryside, from today, are the toilets – all of which are currently closed.

“We are looking at how we can re-open car parks and toilets and await further guidance on how we can do this safely. Our Visitor Centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future”.

Dartmoor National Park undertakes safety review before re-opening

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Dartmoor National Park is reviewing how to safely welcome visitors back following an easing of lockdown rules.

The Park had urged visitors to stay away following Boris Johnson’s initial lockdown message, and had said: “You should not be travelling to Dartmoor National Park. If you travel to visit the National Park you are putting the lives of our communities at risk.”

But on Sunday night, the Prime Minister announced that people can from Wednesday drive to other destinations to undertake exercise, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab adding on Monday morning that people will be able to drive as far as they want to exercise when the legal regulations are changed.

It has prompted fears that hoards of people will flock to Dartmoor from Wednesday, and a spokesman for the National Park has urged people to stay at home, avoid unnecessary journeys, exercise locally, until they can safely welcome visitors back.

They said: “Following the Prime Minister’s statement on Sunday we are reviewing how we are able to safely welcome visitors back to Dartmoor.

“We are looking at how we can re-open car parks and toilets and await further guidance on how we can do this safely. Our Visitor Centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

“Until then please stay at home, avoid unnecessary journeys, exercise locally and follow social distancing and hygiene rules. We will keep our website up to date with our plans on how we are progressing.”