National restrictions in England from 5 November
DCMS advice: “Voluntary and charitable activities are exempt from a number of the new restrictions. This means that, where volunteers are able to volunteer outside their home …they can: meet in groups of any size indoors or outdoors while volunteering….travel to volunteer or while volunteering [provided that offices, green spaces and travel remain COVID Secure]”.
Mark Webster of Thetford Conservation Group says:
‘Given that our parks, woods, riverside and countryside will remain open and people will continue to rely on these green spaces for free access to nature, exercise and recreation, I feel that it is important therefore that (wherever possible) we continue, through our volunteering programme, to manage and improve these green spaces as best we can. Given the above government advice, and the fact that our conservation activities are kept very low risk (we are outdoors, can easily keep 2m apart, do not share tools – and I really miss not having the communal tea and cakes!) I am therefore intending to continue with our conservation group activities as usual, unless I hear otherwise.’