The National Sheep Association is calling for the public to observe the lockdown rules more closely and points out the very real possibility of tighter regulations if not.
NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker explains: “There is no doubt this lockdown is difficult and is taking its toll on the British people. We are all feeling the effect, and NSA completely understands the frustration and the want to get outside – particularly with the lovely weather. However, we mustn’t forget that the fields we’re walking across are where our food is produced, and by being there we put the people producing our food at risk.”
While local walkers who cross footpaths near their homes passing through is small volumes are negatable, NSA has heard some extreme and concerning stories from its members of people still arriving in cars for walks, picnics and more.
Mr Stocker continues: “By travelling to farms you are risking passing on this dangerous virus to a food producing farmer, and that is simply not acceptable. We all know the rules – and simply put, travelling to walk somewhere a car drive away from your home is not necessary. We implore the British public to obey these rules and respect other people’s homes and lives – particularly as we approach the Easter weekend.”
With little still known about the virus, NSA is concerned about viral transmissions on gates, fences and other surfaces. Mr Stocker adds: “These risks are very real and if people continue to flout the rules, we have no doubt the Government will be prepared to step things up to protect lives.”