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Gateshead Council urges residents to keep their distance in parks

Coronavirus 2 metre distance

Gateshead Council have reminded residents today that they must follow government guidelines on social distancing otherwise they may be forced to close all their parks.

All public parks in Gateshead remain open today but the council may decide to close them if the public continue to fail to adhere to government guidelines to remain more than two metres apart.

Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said: "We appreciate how important it is for all of our mental health to get some fresh air and exercise and many people are visiting our parks to do just this.    

"We want to keep all of our parks open for people to exercise but we may need to reconsider keeping them open if people are not keeping to a safe distance.  Please make sure if you are visiting parks and open spaces that you keep at least two metres (about six feet) apart from anyone that is not in your household.     

"Infections spread easily when people gather and it's vitally important we reduce the spread of this virus. Please help keep our parks open for everyone."

The council has already closed facilities such as toilets and cafes in Saltwell Park, facilities in other parks in Gateshead such as Derwent Park, Chase Park and Fern Dene Park are also closed.  Play parks are also closed but the council are seeing increasing numbers of people, both children and adults using equipment such as swings and slides. The virus can remain on surfaces like metal for several days and if people are not washing their hands it can be passed on to more vulnerable people in our community. 

Councillor Gannon continued: "We have 120 sites with play equipment across Gateshead and we can't physically cordon each one off. We are urging the public to take this seriously and keep out of play parks and keep off the equipment. We don't want to have to close our parks, but if people continue to flout the guidance this is what we'll need to do.

The government have issued guidance on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), read more at www.gov.uk.

Coronavirus 2 metre distance
26 March 2020

Gateshead Council have reminded residents today that they must follow government guidelines on social distancing otherwise they may be forced to close all their parks.

All public parks in Gateshead remain open today but the council may decide to close them if the public continue to fail to adhere to government guidelines to remain more than two metres apart.

Martin Gannon, Leader of Gateshead Council said: "We appreciate how important it is for all of our mental health to get some fresh air and exercise and many people are visiting our parks to do just this.    

"We want to keep all of our parks open for people to exercise but we may need to reconsider keeping them open if people are not keeping to a safe distance.  Please make sure if you are visiting parks and open spaces that you keep at least two metres (about six feet) apart from anyone that is not in your household.     

"Infections spread easily when people gather and it's vitally important we reduce the spread of this virus. Please help keep our parks open for everyone."

The council has already closed facilities such as toilets and cafes in Saltwell Park, facilities in other parks in Gateshead such as Derwent Park, Chase Park and Fern Dene Park are also closed.  Play parks are also closed but the council are seeing increasing numbers of people, both children and adults using equipment such as swings and slides. The virus can remain on surfaces like metal for several days and if people are not washing their hands it can be passed on to more vulnerable people in our community. 

Councillor Gannon continued: "We have 120 sites with play equipment across Gateshead and we can't physically cordon each one off. We are urging the public to take this seriously and keep out of play parks and keep off the equipment. We don't want to have to close our parks, but if people continue to flout the guidance this is what we'll need to do.

The government have issued guidance on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), read more at www.gov.uk.

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