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Social distancing in parks

Today, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services at Hounslow Council made clear her intention to keep Hounslow’s parks open – provided there is cooperation on social distancing

Published: Tuesday, 24th March 2020

Image of Gunnersbury Park.

Cllr Chaudhary said: “I am very keen to keep our parks open. They are currently a lifeline for residents who are spending a lot of time indoors. Parks are an ideal setting for physical exercise and can play a key role in our wellbeing. Fresh air and nature will be more important than ever over coming weeks to help us cope with the challenges ahead.

“However, playgrounds and play areas within parks have been closed as it is imperative we adhere to government advice and practise social distancing.

“Social distancing means staying at least two metres away from people you do not live with – without exception. Ensure you understand the exact meaning of two metres - get out your measuring tape! We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others from coronavirus, and this will ultimately help the NHS. We are in a national emergency and people need to change their behaviour to keep us all safe.

“If I am forced into a position, due to the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of some people, I will not hesitate to close our parks. The safety of all of those living in the borough is the number one priority at the moment.

“Please follow the guidelines, stay two meters away, and help save lives.”

 

 

 

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