Council begins to reopen some outdoor services in response to latest Government guidance
Wakefield Council is reopening some outdoor services from
tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May) in response to the latest Government guidance.
From tomorrow, people will be able to access the car parks
at all parks and country parks, along with Sandal Castle and the City of
Wakefield Golf Course.
Under the latest Government advice issued at the weekend,
people are now able to travel to outdoor spaces, including for exercise,
sunbathing and picnicking.
From tomorrow (Wednesday 13 May) the following areas will
reopen with social distancing measures in place:
- Car parks at all Council parks and country parks
- City of Wakefield Golf Course - with an online only booking
system in place
- Sandal Castle and car park
Free parking will be available at parks and country parks
until the end of May.
The Government continues to be very clear that social
distancing guidelines must continue to observed at all times when people are
outside their home and Wakefield Council is urging residents and visitors to
follow this advice and ensure people stay two metres away from anyone outside
Wakefield Council's Leader, Cllr Denise Jeffery, said:
“We know how much residents value our parks and countryside and as we
cautiously start to lift some restrictions it is incredibly important that we
do this safely and continue to follow the Government’s guidance.
“This means it is crucial that everyone continues to follow
the social distancing guidelines when visiting all our outdoor spaces. With the
car parks opening up, the sites will get busier but every one of us must take
responsibility to keep two metres apart, unless we are with people from our own
“I thank you all for the tremendous effort you have already
shown to help this district and country tackle the coronavirus but we must
maintain our commitment to sticking to the restrictions and keeping people
Pedestrian access to all parks and country parks in the district
remains open as it has throughout the coronavirus crisis. People can continue
to access parks and country parks on foot, bicycle and mobility scooters.
The following facilities will remain closed:
Outdoor fitness equipment.
Pontefract Castle also remains temporarily closed.
The Government has reiterated that anyone who has been
advised to shield by the NHS or their GP, including those 70 and over, should
continue to do this until at least the end of June.
Everyone is reminded that if they are showing coronavirus
symptoms, or if they or anyone in their household are self-isolating, they
should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
Residents can find up to date information on the Council's
dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD