Wakefield Council reminds residents to exercise locally

15/01/2021, PR-9790

Wakefield Council is reminding residents that they must stay local when going out to exercise. 

The stay local order from the Government means that residents must stay within their village, town or part of the city where they live. This means they should not travel by car or public transport from one area of the district to another for exercise.

The Council asks residents to not go looking for snow this weekend but instead stay home and only exercise locally once per day.

The district's country parks have become overcrowded since many have been travelling to them to exercise. Overcapacity increases the transmission risk of COVID-19 as well as causing obstructions for residents living in neighbouring housing estates.

Cllr Jack Hemingway

Cllr Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Green Spaces, said: "To keep safe and protect one another throughout the national lockdown, residents must follow the restrictions and stay local. Rather than driving to the large parks across the district, residents should get their exercise by using walking routes close to where they live.

"By staying at home and only taking exercise locally, residents can play their part in protecting others and keeping safe."

Residents can discover what walking routes are local to them at www.wakefield.gov.uk/walking