Our response to Covid-19

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

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Last updated Monday 9 August 2021

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

From Monday 9 August the Scottish Government has moved Scotland out of the levels system and advised that everyone should continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

For informal outdoor walks 

There is now no legal requirement for physical distancing and no limit on the numbers of people who can gather together to walk and socialise outdoors. However the government advises you should keep your distance if you can. 

Health Walks

Health Walk projects are up and running again. 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. 
  • 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

  • Even though the law has changed, it’s important people keep thinking about how the virus can be transmitted. 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 older people and people with poor mobility, visually impaired and people in wheelchairs priority
  • Take your litter with you


Travelling during Covid-19 


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 have restarted following guidance issued buy Paths for All. 

Members of our Scottish Health Walk Network can also 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. Read our Covid-19 impact advice for funded SCSP projects here.


Information for our Community Path projects

In line with Scottish Government advice there is now no legal requirement for physical distancing outdoors. You should try to maintain physical distance from those not in your group 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 all 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

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