COVID-19: Guidance for managing beaches, the countryside and coastal areas

Guidance for the owners and operators of beach, countryside and coastal destinations during COVID-19.

This publication was withdrawn on

This guidance is withdrawn. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. For information on the safe management of outdoor public spaces you should instead consult the COVID-19: Safer Public Places- Managing Public Outdoor Settings guidance published on 19 July 2021.

Applies to England



A new COVID-19 variant is spreading in some parts of England. There may be additional advice for your area. Find out what you need to do.

This brings together guidance from across government. It is aimed at supporting the owners and operators of beach, countryside and coastal destinations in meeting the challenges associated with increased visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This guidance relates to England only.

Published 10 July 2020
Last updated 29 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect latest restrictions, and additional resources.

  2. Updated to reflect publication of the roadmap.

  3. Updated to reflect 4 January announcement of national lockdown for all England.

  4. Updated to reflect changes to local restriction tiers

  5. Updated guidance to reflect the tier system in England from 2 December.

  6. Updated to reflect new national restrictions in force from 5 November 2020

  7. Updated to reflect guidance on new local COVID alert levels

  8. Added section on managing local outbreaks.

  9. First published.