West Suffolk parks open to be enjoyed responsibly

Park users are in West Suffolk are reminded to observe social distancing to carry on in the fight against COVID-19 following the Government announcement that people can enjoy open spaces for longer.

The changes, which came into effect yesterday, Wednesday, May 13, allow people to spend more time outside while still observing strict social distancing. This means they can visit open spaces and parks to sit as well as exercise, as long as they maintain two metres distance from anyone else not in their own household.

The changes also permit someone to meet up with one other person outside their household, provided they keep two metres apart; to play certain sports on the same terms, including fishing, and to drive to the outside location they are visiting. Play areas, skateparks and sports areas that cannot be socially distanced remain closed.

John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “Our parks and open spaces have provided valuable respite for daily exercise during lockdown and I thank everyone for using them responsibly so they can be enjoyed by all.

“As we move into summer I know many will be looking forward to spending time outside together and the latest Government instructions will allow this if we continue to be mindful of others and keep our distance.

“This will be particularly important as we begin to share spaces like seating, car parking, sports courts and fishing ponds. Getting out to experience our award-winning parks and this special time of year will bring real benefits for wellbeing, and again I thank everyone for their continuing cooperation.’

Government instructions can be found explained at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces–outdoor-activities–exercise

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