Wrexham Council sets out rules for visiting parks during coronavirus pandemic
Wrexham Council has set out a list of rules for people visiting parks in the county borough during the coronavirus pandemic.
The local authority has advised that driving to beauty spots is not classed as essential travel under the lockdown restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Officials have therefore highlighted that only people who live locally should be using green spaces for exercise.
Anyone who has symptoms of the virus is also asked not to visit, while residents are being encouraged to observe social distancing by staying at least two metres apart.
A council spokesman said: “For many years we’ve been encouraging you into our parks for enjoyment, picnics and taking part in organised events.
“Now, however, things are very different and we no longer encourage you to travel by car to any of our parks.
“Instead, we’re asking that only people who live locally visit as part of their daily exercise including walking your pet. You should not be driving to any of our parks.
“Even for those who are lucky enough to live near a country park we have had to put in place guidelines and you will now see signs now in place which you should take notice of.”
People are being advised not to enter parks if they are crowded and consider going at different times, such as the morning or evening.
Visitors are also encouraged to avoid touching surfaces, including gates or hand rails, and to wash their hands when they get home.
Meanwhile, dogs must be kept on leads at all times and picnics, barbecues and sunbathing have been banned during the crisis.
Play areas, outdoor gyms and sports facilities are also out of bounds.
The spokesman added: “The guidelines are there to keep you safe so please take notice of them and make the appropriate adjustments to your visit.
“We all hope to be inviting you back for all your previous activities soon but for now things have to be different so please stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS.”
By Liam Randall – Local Democracy Reporter
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