Residents are being reminded to continue following social distancing guidance when using their local park to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Government Coronavirus rules were relaxed last week, allowing people to more freedom to use their local parks and sports pitches. However, strict social distancing rules still applies and all park users must remain two metres away from anyone outside of their own household.
The changes mean residents can now:
- Spend an unlimited amount of time outdoors and can use parks for exercising, picnicking, sunbathing or sitting in to enjoy the fresh air
- Meet one other person from a different household at the park, but both must remain two metres apart
- Exercise outdoors multiple times a day
- Use outdoor sports courts, such as a tennis and basketball courts.
Children’s playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed, but car parks have been reopened to give residents better access to parks. If at all possible residents are being encouraged to walk and cycle to ensure congestion and air pollution is kept to a minimum. Signs reminding people to follow social distancing rules have been installed across the borough.
Councillor Oliver Lewis (pictured), cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport said;
“With more warm weather expected in the coming days more people will want to visit and enjoy Croydon’s parks and open spaces. I’d remind all visitors to follow government advice by keeping a safe distance apart from other park users and staying off playground and gym equipment.”
Visitors should wash their hands before heading to one of the borough’s parks and wash them again as soon as they return home. They should also use a tissue or sleeve to catch a cough or sneeze and avoid touching their face.”
To see all of the council’s Coronavirus advice you can visit;