In light of the coronavirus pandemic the Peak District National Park has closed all its offices, ranger hubs and visitor facilities – including car parks.
Chief Executive, Sarah Fowler, said: “Our Prime Minister last night made it clear we are now facing a national emergency as we tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
“He clearly and starkly spelled out what all of us need to do; stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives. That’s why today we have closed all of our National Park Authority offices, ranger hubs and visitor facilities including car parks. I have also asked our staff remain at home, unless undertaking essential safety tasks, in line with strict government guidance.
“It is now absolutely critical for our Peak District communities, businesses, farmers and key workers within the National Park that we all take these measures extremely seriously. Which is why as well as us taking action I ask all our partners and many communities also to follow the government’s measures to the letter; ensuring that we do not put undue and unnecessary pressure on often limited local services and emergency personnel.
“As a chief executive and passionate advocate for all that our national parks stand for, it seemed almost unthinkable that we would arrive at a situation where I have, and must, ask those who do not live in, or work on essential services in, the Peak District to please stay away.”