Parks and greenspace visitors need to follow guidelines

Published Thursday, 9 April 2020

Parks visitors are being reminded to follow strict guidelines over the coming days, with parks continuing to open for exercise only.

While play areas, skate parks, outdoor gyms and associated sports facilities are currently closed in line with government guidelines, activities such as team sports, picnics, playdates and sunbathing are also not currently allowed as part of the emergency response to COVID-19.

Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment and Community Services said, “We must all do what we can to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and following the government instructions is very much part of that.  The vast majority of borough residents have been observing the guidance and I am grateful to them for their support and understanding.  It is natural that more people may seek to exercise in the parks at this time and we will continue to keep this whole issue under close review and will take further action if needed.”

Visitors are being asked to remember these key points when taking exercise outside the home, including parks:

· Go out alone or only with members of your own household - you put yourself and others at risk if you gather with other people

· Stay two metres away from anyone else

· If you are walking your dog in areas used by other people, keep your dog on a lead and ensure you can safely keep it two metres (6½ ft) away from others

· Stay local - walk or run or cycle where allowed

Also whilst car parks remain open, motorists are warned not to congregate in the car parks as this will lead to further restrictions and closure of the car park.

Park visitors are also advised to avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or hand-rails) and their mouth and face and to follow Public Health England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

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