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Bury St Edmunds park visitors urged to maintain social distancing




A council is urging visitors to its parks to abide by social distancing following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The changes, which came into effect yesterday (May 13), allow people to spend more time outside while still observing social distancing.

They can visit open spaces and parks to sit as well as exercise, as long as they maintain two metres distance from anyone else not in their own household.

Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley
Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley

The changes also permit someone to meet up with one other person outside their household, provided they keep two metres apart.

Play areas, skateparks and sports areas that cannot be socially distanced remain closed.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “Our parks and open spaces have provided valuable respite for daily exercise during lockdown and I thank everyone for using them responsibly so they can be enjoyed by all.

Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley
Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley

"As we move into summer, I know many will be looking forward to spending time outside together, and the latest Government instructions will allow this, if we continue to be mindful of others and keep our distance.

"This will be particularly important as we begin to share spaces like seating, car parking, sports courts and fishing ponds.

"Getting out to experience our award winning parks and this special time of year will bring real benefits for wellbeing, and again I thank everyone for their continuing co-operation."


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