UPDATE: PARKS & GARDENS TO NOW CLOSE. READ LATEST PRESS RELEASE HERE: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19

The National Trust is closing its houses, shops and cafes but aims to keep its parks, gardens and open spaces in the countryside and coastal regions open free of charge.

Following the increasing numbers of safety measures advised by the government to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, the National Trust has announced that it plans to keep as many of its parks and gardens open and free of charge.

The National Trust’s houses, cafés and shops will close by Friday 20 March.

Whilst social distancing, people should work from home when possible, spend less time in public places, and avoid social venues.

Self-isolating is a different measure, where people need to cut themselves off from the rest of the world, even avoiding leaving the house to buy food or essentials.

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