Borough Insight

Social distancing in our open spaces

One of the exceptions of the stay at home rule for those without the Covid-19 symptoms, is that one form of exercise is permitted outside your home each day.

We recognise that our parks and open spaces are excellent places to exercise and to get fresh air, and they are great for physical and mental wellbeing. However, we will have to close them if people do not follow the government’s social distancing instructions.

Unfortunately, due to people not following government instruction and in consultation with the police, we have now had to close our parks to vehicular access.

To ensure that everyone can continue to use our parks and open spaces safely, you must follow all government social distancing instructions.

Some simple rules which you should follow are: 

  • You must keep two metres distance from people not in your household 
  • Do not take part in group fitness activities or group dog walks 
  • Plan ahead, as many amenities, including playgrounds, toilets and cafes are closed 
  • Stay local 
  • Epsom Downs is used to train racehorses every morning from 6am to 12 noon. To allow the training to take place safely, do not visit Epsom Downs before 12 noon and please try to avoid the area if you can entirely 
  • Take your litter home. Our staff are being diverted to deliver critical services, and we need you to take your rubbish home with you rather than using litter bins or littering 
  • If you arrive and there are crowds return another day or time
  • Observe the social distancing rules at ALL times.

Parks 2 mCan we also highlight that the cemetery in Ashley Road is an inappropriate location to undertake physical activity (or sun bathing) especially if a funeral is taking place.

We will be monitoring visitor capacity at our parks and open spaces. If necessary we may need to take immediate action to ensure the government’s instructions are followed.

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