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East Riding Parks to Stay Open

East Riding Parks to Stay Open

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Joe Gerrard at 4:01pm 7th April 2020. (Updated at 6:54am 9th April 2020)

Parks in the East Riding are set to stay open this Easter weekend, despite concerns the warm weather could lead to lockdown rules being flouted.

The County Council currently plans to keep parks open, unless the government orders a national closure.

It follows a London council’s decision to close a park last weekend following claims visitors flouted lockdown rules.

A spokesperson for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said people should continue to follow government guidance on social distancing during the Bank Holiday weekend.

The spokesperson said:

“We have no plans to close any of our parks for this coming weekend.

The majority of our parks are open green spaces which are not restricted by gates or walls, therefore it would not be possible to prevent access to these areas.”

Cllr Mike Stathers, Portfolioholder for Enhancing Communities, has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

Lambeth Council closed Brockwell Park, in south east London, last weekend after thousands of people flouted social distancing rules while visiting it.

Councils and tourism boards across the country have also told people to stay away from national parks and popular destinations this bank holiday weekend.

It comes after government ministers told people to stay at home during the Easter holidays and said the lockdown remained in effect.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday the request for people to stay at home during Easter was “an instruction” and not advice.

 

 

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