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WESTMINSTER WATCH - MAFF RECOMMENDS BYWAY REOPENING

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Councils may reopen public byways as the risk of foot-and-mouth is now 'very low', says the Ministry of Agriculture...
Councils may reopen public byways as the risk of foot-and-mouth is now 'very low', says the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
New guidance says the risk of infection is very low except near infected farms or where people have recently handled farm animals.
Hotter, drier weather and a drop in the number of walkers has reduced the risk even further. Areas where there have been no outbreaks or where infected status has been lifted can now reopen all paths.
Where outbreaks are still occurring councils should use the MAFF guidance to decide which areas to open. They should also use disinfection equipment, and publicise measures walkers can take to reduce the risk of infection.
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