Council urges people to keep themselves safe and respect the district’s parks

02/06/2020, PR-9419

​Wakefield Council is urging everyone who visits the district's parks to behave responsibly as the coronavirus lockdown eases.

A sunny weekend saw many people flock to parks and country parks across the district and concerns have been raised that some were not following social distancing rules.

Even though there has been an easing of the lockdown restrictions, it has remained very clear that social distancing is still crucial to tackling the outbreak and that the guidance must still be followed. This means that people must remain two metres apart from anyone who does not live in their household. 

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Communities and Poverty, said: "We are very lucky that our district has some wonderful parks and green spaces and it is lovely to see people enjoying them during this spell of sunny weather.

"However, even though the Government has started to ease the lockdown, this is a really crucial time for our country and we must still follow the social distancing guidance, to manage the spread of coronavirus.

"I urge people to be considerate of others around them and continue to support the national effort to control the virus and save lives."

Everyone who visits the Council's parks and green spaces are also being asked to help look after the environment and take litter home with them, if there is nowhere to safely dispose of it.

This weekend has seen extensive littering in many parks, damaging the local environment and costing the Council money and staffing resources to clean up.

People are also being reminded they must never light barbecues or create campfires in our parks because of the fire risk.

Cllr Cummings added: "It is everyone's responsibility to make sure our parks and green spaces are a clean and welcoming place for all to enjoy. We are working hard to empty the bins as often as we can, but if they are full please take your rubbish home. There is no excuse for littering."

The Council is reminding people not visit the parks if they are unwell, as they should be following the 7-day self-isolation guidance, or if a member of their household is unwell and they should be following the 14 day stay at home guidance.

The Council has provided information and guidance on its dedicated coronavirus information web page at bit.ly/CoronaWFD