Stay healthy by staying active guidance issued by council

West Suffolk Council is encouraging people to stay healthy during the November national restrictions, by staying active, using the free facilities and activities available, and observing the Covid-19 security measures.

Government advice is that from today, Thursday, November 5, you may leave home to exercise or visit an outdoor public place.

You can go out with the people you live with and with your support bubble. There is a limit on two people from different households meeting outside. Children under school age who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside, nor those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities.

Go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#staying-safe-outside-the-home-social-distancing for more information.

John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “Healthy families and communities are a priority for this council, and that includes protecting each other as well as staying active and mentally strong. The new national restrictions may feel different to before, but our parks and open spaces are still open for daily exercise according to government guidance. Let’s pull together to use November to beat Covid-19 in West Suffolk, look after one another and ourselves.”

And Jo Rayner, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs, added: “As well as parks and open spaces, our play areas and skate parks remain open.

“Parents using our play areas with their children will understand the vital importance of hand washing and choosing less busy times. It is worth checking in advance to see if the facilities you want to use are open by visiting www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus

“And while exercise outside is great for wellbeing, there are also free inside activities available for all ages at www.keepmovingsuffolk.org

“Being active is one of five ways to wellbeing explored at www.suffolksaysthanks.org which is also worth checking out. I look forward to welcoming users back to our leisure centres once the new national restrictions allow, and wish everyone a safe November.”

Sports courts and pitches will not be available for booking.

West Suffolk’s five leisure centres in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Mildenhall and Newmarket closed yesterday, Wednesday, November 4. Memberships will be frozen until restrictions are lifted.

Moyse’s Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village have also closed, but Nowton, West Stow and Brandon country parks remain open, as do the toilets there.

The Apex and the Tourist Information Centre in the building have closed, however customers can still book their tickets online via www.theapex.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01284 75800.

Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds cemeteries will remain open for burials following government regulations, and for family members to visit graves.

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