mjr wrote:Would you agree that idiots who don't follow the advice touching park gates that are then touched by local residents carries a higher risk than your "vanishingly unlikely" example?
Actually I'd say that if you're out walking and touching gates/latches etc without the means to clean your hands afterwards then local or not you're definitely putting yourself at risk.
I avoid touching such things but mainly because I've no idea whose mitts were all over them previously.
Yes, but we don't have a country of 100% advice-following or good sense, so...
mjr wrote:"Underpopulated". Careful: your anti-ruralism is showing!
Not at all. I am anti-rural-ownership though.
I do get a distinct impression that those folk who live out in the sticks think it's theirs and get mightily offended when townies start intruding on their clean space.
Oh I've lived in cities, towns and villages. They're just different. It goes both ways, like how many townies treat a villager who forgets themselves and says "hello" to someone they don't know on their way into town... you'd think we were all carrying axes to harvest some townies for fresh meat!
Perhaps by saying it was "closed" they simply hoped it would prevent too many folk visiting.
But again it's a huge area, so why not leave the car parks open and encourage folk to use it? Gotta be better than folk crowding into the small green spaces.
Has it got to be better? The car parks are not being left open because, sadly, some motorists appear to be idiots and despite all the advice formed crowds in the small car parks and huddled around the exit gates instead of queuing 2m apart. At least any crowds in the small green spaces are all from the same local area, rather than transferring the virus between areas.
<edit> A quick look on Tatton Parks website (NT property) suggest it's closed so the mail I got wasn't obviously a complete fabrication.
Interesting, as you say. I looked at a few NT place websites and almost all of them claim to be closed, including one that I'm sure is still open and others that I'm almost sure cannot physically be closed (the sites - the car parks are easily closed). I suspect there's an element of public relations in the websites lying in order to discourage travel and avoid a repeat of last weekend. The definitive would be to go look at the entrances but I'm not travelling far to do that just now!
It's been some years since I last visited Tatton Park, but that's all fenced and gated, isn't it? So I suspect that one will be closed.