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COVID-19 guidance for parks and green spaces

Our parks and green spaces remain open for public use, however, we must ask that you follow the Government rules to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure that we can continue to keep these areas open.

Government guidelines

As of Monday 29th March 2021:

  • You can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors
  • You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart

Local guidelines

  • Do not visit a park if you or any member of your household have any symptoms - a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. Follow NHS guidelines if you do develop any of these symptoms or become unwell
  • If the park looks crowded, do not enter if you cannot safely observe social distancing. You could try visiting the park at different times (earlier/later) and try to use all areas of the park that remain open, so you can maintain an appropriate distance from others
  • Where possible, avoid touching surfaces (such as gates, hand-rails or seating) and your mouth and face. Please follow hand washing advice from Public Health England, including washing your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not use areas of the park that have been closed, such as sports facilities and outdoor gyms; these are closed for your safety

Play areas and green gyms

Children’s play areas and green gyms are open.

Signage has been placed on playgrounds giving guidance and advice regarding their safe use. Users will be asked to follow Public Health England guidance concerning washing hands and maintaining social distancing on and around the facilities.

Sports facilities 

In line with government guidance, the following outdoor sports facilities are now open:

  • All football and cricket pitches
  • Green gyms
  • Multi-Use Games Areas
  • Tennis and netball courts
  • Golf, foot golf and disc golf courses
  • Basketball courts (within Multi-Use Games Areas)

Litter

We are trying to keep the areas clean, but we are still experiencing ongoing problems.

If a bin is full, take rubbish home with you and dispose of or recycle it appropriately.

Your help and support is needed to protect our parks, environment and wildlife more than ever.

Water safety

Do not swim in rivers, pools and lakes. As well as the risk of drowning, this behaviour could put you at risk of diseases, underwater obstructions and the water can be dangerously cold putting you at risk of thermal shock. There is also a risk to others who can lose their lives in attempting a rescue.

  • People regularly get into difficulties and even experienced swimmers can find themselves quickly getting into trouble
  • The water is usually much colder than people expect – particularly if people move away from the shore or enter deep water
  • There are hidden currents, unexpected obstacles and weeds under the water which people get caught up in and cramp can quickly set in
  • The water is also often unclean and carries a risk of catching waterborne diseases
  • Many of our lakes are also used for fishing, which means there could be fishing line in and around the water

Children and teenagers in particular, who do not realise the dangers, are attracted to such activities. Therefore, we are asking parents to talk to their children to highlight the dangers. Read full press release with guidance here.

Last updated Monday, 29th March 2021

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