COVID-19: Using Parks Responsibly
Now more than ever parks are providing an invaluable source for improving people's health and wellbeing, and we are doing all we can to ensure that parks remain open throughout these challenging times and that they are being used responsibly.
The Government has issued new guidelines and we are having to react to these to ensure everyone's safety and to stop the spread of the virus. Updates will be posted here on actions we are taking in our parks to ensure your safety.
How you can help:
- Continue to remain at least two metres away from others while in the park
- Keep your dog on a lead at all times, otherwise you could face a fine of up to £100
- If you see any large gatherings in parks, report this to the Police on 101
While using the parks, you must follow social distancing guidelines including remaining at least 2 metres away from others at all times. Please respect others whilst using the parks.
Sports Courts and Outdoor Gyms
All sports courts and outdoor gyms are currently closed, but will re-open from 2 December following changes to the national COVID-19 regulations.
This includes ball courts, tennis courts and multi-use games areas.
All playgrounds in parks remain open.
- Please do not use if you feel ill or are self-isolating
- Sanitise your hands regularly whilst using the equipment and remember to wash your hands as soon as you are able to do so after use
- Stay at least 2 metres away from others
- Do not eat or drink within the facilities
- If the facility is busy, wait patiently until you can use it safely, or come back when less busy
All dogs must be on a lead at all times. This is to ensure it doesn't run off and you have to retrieve it meaning you come within 2 metres of another person.
This decision has been made by working with our legal and enforcement colleagues to look at what legislation we have to support us in encouraging / compelling people to put their dogs on a lead during the coronavirus period.
The current Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) for Dog Control state that officers can require an owner to put their dog on a leash if it is reasonably necessary, in order to prevent the dog from causing a nuisance or disturbance.
Given the need for social distancing, the view has been taken that a roaming dog could cause both a nuisance and a disturbance to others in that its owner could be forced to get closer than two metres away from someone in order to restrain their dog. It is therefore reasonably necessary for officers to enforce a requirement that all dogs are to be kept on a leash.
We are in close contact throughout this period with our enforcement colleagues and the police. Where we know gatherings are taking place, against government guidelines, we will feed this information through to them, and decide what appropriate action is to be taken. If you know of any places within parks where regular gatherings are continuing to take place, please report this directly to the Police on 101 so they can take appropriate action, based on the intelligence they receive.
Please continue to stay home as much as possible. Together we will work to ensure everyone's safety, and save lives.
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Use Parks Responsibly
Please be responsible for your own, and others' safety when using our parks:
- Don’t go out if you feel unwell
- Keep your dog on a lead
- Stay 2m from other people
- Playgrounds remain open – please follow guidance when using them
- Outdoor gyms and ballcourts are closed until further notice
- Put your litter in a bin, or take it home
- Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands when you get home