Making sense of Covid-19 for rural communities

We are working closely with ACRE Network members to understand the impact of Coronavirus on rural communities in England.

Chronicling the impact of the virus

Coronavirus has undoubtedly upended our lives and the communities and society in which we live.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, we have been drawing on our knowledge of rural communities and feedback from our members to develop an understanding of the way the virus has taken hold in the countryside, and the impact this has had for residents, businesses and community groups.

From what we have observed, there are some distinctive rural characteristics to the pandemic - circumstances which require policy interventions and support that appreciate that a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not always helpful, and which build upon the rich heritage of community self-reliance and entrepreneurship.

Our close relationship with the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and our membership of the Rural Coalition means we have been able to relay this insight to officials developing the government’s policy response.