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Parks and open spaces and Covid-19 guidance

Please enjoy our parks but use them responsibly.

The Government guidance on using parks and open spaces in England has changed today, 13 May 2020, to enable people to use the parks and in different and better ways than before. But this does not mean that parks are back to normal. Please continue to follow the rules to keep yourself and others safe and protect our most vulnerable residents.  

The new guidance means you can now:

  • Exercise more often – with members of your household, and with one person not in your household
  • Have a game of tennis – our courts will reopen, but only for singles games
  • Sunbathe and have picnics – with people from your own household
  • Plays sports with members of your household and one person not in your household, e.g. knockabout football
  • Walk your dogs – but please keep them on the lead
  • Drive to the park – car parks will be open on weekdays, but closed on weekends to avoid overcrowding
  • Meet up with one person not from your household

You must still keep 2m apart from anyone not in your household. Don’t touch your face and wash your hands often, especially when you get home or to work.

Whilst our parks’ car parks will be open in the week, please still walk or cycle if possible and stay at home as much as you can.

What you still cannot do:

  • Use our sports facilities (except for tennis courts), children’s playgrounds and outdoor gyms as they will remain closed because of the high risk of cross contamination  
  • Use the toilets or other buildings as they will remain closed
  • Gather in groups and play sports with anyone other than those in your household (and one other person – but you must keep 2m distance)
  • Use the car parks at the weekend
  • Let your dogs off their leads

Please do not leave your home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms (a high temperature and / or a new, continuous cough).

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