Horsham District's tourism businesses have worked hard to introduce COVID-safe measures. Shops, venues, attractions, historic buildings and activity centres are likely to have guidelines in place to protect customers and staff.
Please be kind and patient when you're out supporting these businesses. We are asking everyone to Respect, Protect, Enjoy this summer by following these simple steps.
- Respect businesses and attractions. Be kind and patient when supporting local businesses. Always follow their guidelines, remember to check on their website ahead of visiting to understand any specific requirements for your visit.
- Respect wildlife. When exploring the countryside, it is best to keep dogs on a lead or under close control in fields of livestock, and do please stick to footpaths and bridleways so as not to disturb ground nesting birds and other wildlife. Nature may have recolonised some areas, so please tread carefully and look out for wildlife that has moved into unexpected places during lockdown.
- Respect local communities. Take your litter home with you if you’re visiting a park or open space. Try and stay as quiet as you can when leaving pubs, restaurants or small socially distanced gatherings.
- Protect yourself and others. Always follow hand washing guidance, and strict social distancing of two metres or one metre plus protection apart from others who are not in your household. Social distancing applies to all social interaction and is in place to help keep everyone safe.
- Protect local business. People working in retail, hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses are doing all they can to help provide their services in a safe way. Please be kind and show compassion and empathy for those working to keep our high streets running.
- Protect the landscape by ensuring you are following the Countryside Code, which sets out how visitors to rural areas can behave safely and responsibly. Take a look at the following video with an updated Countryside Code, produced by Natural England.
- Enjoy supporting our local businesses. Many Horsham District businesses are now open, and we really encourage you to shop with them. Visit the Discover Horsham District and Visit Horsham websites for a range of wonderful local producers and businesses delivering local goods and services.
- Enjoy our beautiful parks and countryside by exploring local walks and cycle paths while maintaining social distancing. We know everyone has their favourite places to go – but if too many people go at once then social distancing becomes more difficult.