Social distancing park guidelines

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Lincoln residents are reminded of social distancing practices in relation to public parks and spaces.

Current guidelines issued from Government allow people to leave their homes for exercise once per day for activities such as a walk, run or bike ride. People are to only to go outside with members of their household and should exercise from or near their home instead of driving to parks or beauty spots. 

To encourage safe social distancing in our outdoor spaces all children’s play areas in Lincoln have been temporarily closed and must not be used, however, our parks and open spaces will still be open but social distancing is essential.

Anyone visiting a park should stay at least two metres apart from anyone outside of their household and should wash their hands as soon as they are back indoors. Gatherings of more than two in parks and public spaces have been banned and the police have powers to enforce this.

Steve Bird, Assistant Director Communities and Street Scene, said: “Exercise is important for physical and mental wellbeing, especially during this difficult time.

In line with government guidance we have made the decision to close off children’s play areas in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus from the equipment, and because it is very difficult to ensure social distancing amongst small children. 

“We understand not everyone has access to a garden so our green spaces will remain open for those out for their daily exercise, but we urge people to be aware of the social distance guidelines in order to keep themselves and others safe.” 

More information and the latest updates on coronavirus can be found at lincoln.gov.uk/coronavirus
 

Published on April 1st 2020