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COVID-19 guidance - Parks & Open Spaces

Our parks and open spaces remain open for public use, as a means of exercise and to support mental wellbeing. 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.

The government guidelines state:

  • You can still make use of parks, either alone or with members of your household or by one person meeting one other person from outside your household group
  • Households are asked to use parks responsibly and follow social distancing rules, by keeping 2 metres apart from others outside your household group at all times
  • Unless you are with members of your household, gatherings of more than two people in parks and other public spaces have been banned. The police have the powers to disperse gatherings and issue fines if necessary

If using parks & open spaces, you must also follow this guidance:

  • Do not visit a park if you or any member of your household have any symptoms – fever, cough or shortness of breath. 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 play areas and outdoor gyms, these are closed for your safety

Sports facilities 

From Wednesday 13th May 2020 the following council sports facilities within our parks and open spaces will re-open, they will be available for group use by members of the same household, however, new government guidelines also allow one person to meet one other person from outside their household to play a non-contact sport outdoors, such as tennis, government advice is that they stay more than 2 metres apart.

  • Tennis / Netball courts (excluding those at The Pingles Leisure Centre, which remains closed at this time)
  • Basketball courts (within Multi-Use Games Areas)
  • Golf, Foot Golf and Disc Golf courses

Please note that there is currently no equipment provision and users will need to bring their own. 

Last updated Friday, 15th May 2020

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