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In line with the Government’s guidance, as of 4th July 2020, Cornwall Council can permit customers to use all of its outdoor public equipped play areas & outdoor gyms. This is in addition to the ballcourts and skateparks that were re-opened in June 2020. Old signage declaring playgrounds ‘closed’ will be removed over the following days. We would like to remind parents/carers that allowing children to use any play area is done at their own risk, and not to enter if anyone in your household is showing symptoms, or are self-isolating.

Please help us minimise transmission of the virus by doing the following;

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  • Observe good hand hygiene and sanitise before entering the play area, and again on leaving.
  • Please do not enter if the facility appears busy, and avoid equipment that is already occupied.
  • Children should be supervised carefully to maintain good hygiene and to ensure children wait their turn to use equipment where it is safe to do so.
  • If possible ensure that all visitors avoid shouting, touching faces or mouths, and that they observe social distancing rules with anyone outside their household or support bubble.
  • Do not eat food, drink or smoke in the play area. 
  • Avoid entering tube slides, play tunnels or small playhouses if possible. The Covid-19 virus can survive longer on internal hard surfaces.
  • If you have any safety concerns to do with the equipment contact: Tel 0300 1234 202 or 

The Environment Service has introduced a new programme of works. This has been done through its service provider Cormac. This is to help maintain essential community areas such as:

  • parks
  • amenity areas
  • rights of way
  • the coast path

These areas benefit people’s daily exercise regimes. They also help their social well-being and are therefore a priority.

Our vegetation maintenance is changing in line with customer demand for greater wildlife benefit. For further information , please see the following pages:

Cormac will ensure the teams maintain social distancing at all times. Please note this may involve diverting visitors or preventing access during the works. 

There will inevitably be delays in some major projects. These include:

  • Making Space for Nature
  • Urban Trees
  • Forest for Cornwall

These will be reviewed in due course.

Footpaths, bridleways and byways remain open. These are for the public to use to get to work, medical appointments or as part of their daily exercise routine. Cornwall Council has had a small number of requests to close public rights of way. These are located near to people who are self-isolating. However, with over 4,500 km of rights of way there are no plans to do so.

Public Toilets

Cornwall Council is only responsible for a small number of public toilets across the county all of which are now open or have alternative arrangements in place. See a list of Cornwall Council managed toilets
All other toilet facilities are owned and operated by Town and Parish Councils, community groups and private businesses. Contact your local Town and Parish council to find more information about other locations. Cornwall Council continues to work closely with the Cornwall Association of Local Councils and Public Health to support and advise on the safe reopening of toilets that have been closed due to Covid 19.

Definitive Map Modification Order

Following advice from government to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Countryside Access Team has moved to home-based working thereby avoiding unneccessary travel. We have also cancelled all face to face meetings.  As a result there may be some delays to Definitive Map Modification Order work. However the team continues to accept new applications and respond to enquiries where it can.

During this time the team will not be undertaking the following as we do not encourage unnecessary travel:


  • making and advertising orders
  • consulting on new applications
  • providing authorisation for applicants to serve notice by placing notice on site


Instead priority will be given to urgent enquiries focussed on keeping the existing rights of way open and users safe. 

Public Path Orders

Following Government advice to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the Countryside Access Team has moved to home-based working and will continue, where possible, to avoid unnecessary travel and face-to-face meetings. As a result there may be some delays to Public Path Order work.  However, the team continues to work on existing applications and respond to enquiries where it can.

In light of new guidance to further relax movement restrictions, we will be resuming some processes associated with Public Path Order work from 2 December 2020, namely:


  • pre-application face to face meetings with potential applicants;
  • consulting on applications for Orders;
  • advertising the making, confirmation and certification of orders


The Countryside Access Team remains committed to keeping the existing rights of way network open and safe for users.  However, with the backlog of issues that have developed during COVID-19 and some continuing vacancies within the existing Team, there may still be some delay in responding to enquiries.