New laws require certain public rights of way and access land to be closed where:
- the areas are liable to large numbers of people congregating or being too near each other
- their use poses a high risk of spreading coronavirus within the area
The new laws are The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020, they are aimed at:
- local authorities
- national park authorities
- Natural Resources Wales
- The National Trust
These regulations do not prevent people from going outside to exercise. They do enable the closure of areas prone to crowding and support the importance of exercising close to home.
Closure decisions depend on the expertise of the organisations responsible for their management.