In the Monday 23 March Coronovirus briefing, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined strict new measures to tackle the spread of coronavirus, including a ban on public gatherings of more than two people. 

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day and communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed. Exercising such as running, walking or cycling should be done alone or only with people you live at home with.

Local authorities are stressing the vital importance of using local parks and greenspaces close to your home only for exercising. Please avoid driving to parks and carry any litter home with you.

#StayHome #StaySafe

The new guidance says people should only leave their homes for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents' homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home

Even when following the above guidance, people should minimise the amount of time spent out of their homes and should keep two metres (6ft) away from people they do not live with.

We love our parks and greenspaces but at this time we must completely limit the time spent in them to the minimum and only for exercising. The Police and local authorities will have powers to disperse gatherings, including through fines.

To keep you connected to the greenspaces we all love we will be sharing a daily dose of greenspace with you every day on twitter, facebook and instagram. Do you have a view of greenspace from your window? Please share it with us so we can make life a little greener and brighter.