Hounslow’s parks and green spaces are much loved, and we want to keep them open so people can enjoy them for a walk or exercise during these challenging times
Published: Friday, 27th March 2020
Hounslow’s parks and green spaces are much loved, and we want to keep them open so people can enjoy them for a walk or exercise during these challenging times. However, to ensure they can stay open for everyone to use, people must follow the Government’s rules to stop the spread of coronavirus. If people are inconsiderate and ignore these rules and put others at risk, Hounslow, like some other London boroughs, will be forced to close them.
This means one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of their household. And even when doing this, people should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring they are two metres apart from anyone outside of their household. See the full list of government rules.
When using Hounslow’s parks or green spaces, Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure, is encouraging all residents to take these vital steps when using Hounslow parks or green spaces:
- Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.
- Observe social distancing, staying at least two metres apart from other people
- If the park is crowded do not enter if you cannot safely observe social distancing
- Consider if you can visit your park at different times (later/earlier) to allow parents, children and older people to use these spaces
- Use all areas of the park that remain open so you can maintain an appropriate distance from others
- If the park is crowded, consider exercising in quieter less-used streets.
- In some spaces, such as canal towpaths for example, it may be difficult to maintain the recommended distance from other users, so please think very carefully about what outdoor spaces you choose to use.
- Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or hand-rails) and follow Public Health England advice on hand washing including washing your hands as soon as you get home
- Keep your dog(s) on leads at all times
- Please respect those managing these spaces including following any instructions from officials on site. Temporary measures are being put in place to safeguard you
- Do not use areas of the park that have been closed such as play areas, outdoor gyms or sports facilities – these are closed for your safety.
Cllr Chaudhary said: “I know we all value Hounslow’s great parks and I’m keen we keep them open. They are currently a lifeline for residents who are spending a lot of time indoors, a space for a much-needed walk or other exercise. Parks 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.
“We do not want to be forced to close parks due to the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of some people, so I would ask that all follow the guidance. The safety of all of those living in the borough, and protecting our NHS, is the number one priority."