Playground Closure 25 March 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE – PLAYGROUND CLOSURE

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

On 23 March the government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives.  All non-essential premises must now close.

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day.

Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

These premises and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading.

The government will look again at these measures in 3 weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

As of 2pm on 21 March 2020, closures on the original list from 20 March are now enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health.  The government will extend the law and enforcement powers to include the new list of premises for closure.  Further measures on enforcement could be taken following the passage of the Coronavirus Bill through parliament. 

Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate.  Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.

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