London boroughs and the public must work together to keep parks and green spaces open to all

  • By MadeleineHardy

As some lockdown restrictions are lifted in parks and green spaces, London boroughs are working closely with partners to ensure people can enjoy London’s world-renowned open spaces safely. 

From today [Wednesday] people may now exercise outdoors as much as they wish and spend unlimited time enjoying London’s parks and open spaces. They will also be allowed to sit, adhering to social distancing, in these areas and enjoy picnics, while making sure to take all litter away with them. To ensure a safe distance of two metres can be maintained, dogs should be kept under control, preferably on a lead.

Changes to restrictions also mean that it is possible to meet with one other person from a different household outside while maintaining social distancing. People can also make use of non-contact outdoor sport facilities - if these have been re-opened - with members of their household, such as tennis, basketball courts or golf courses.  

London Councils welcomes these changes but asks that Londoners continue to follow public health advice to maintain social distancing and respect rules in individual parks, which have varying facilities which may or may not be open. We ask that people take note of the available facilities in the park they are visiting, such as toilets and sports courts, and adapt their plans to ensure everyone can enjoy being outside safely and avoid contact with coronavirus. 

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee says:

“London has some of the greatest outdoor spaces in the world and as the weather becomes warmer these will prove vital for residents who have limited or no access to outdoor space at home. 

“London boroughs are responsible for more than 3,000 parks and green spaces and are working closely with partners to ensure changes to lockdown restrictions allow people to enjoy outdoor spaces safely and look after their health and wellbeing as the coronavirus lockdown continues.

“It is essential that Londoners do their bit to keep themselves and others protected from coronavirus by following the new rules and remaining at least two metres away from anyone other than members of their household. By working together and respecting other park users, we can ensure that the capital’s stunning parks and green spaces are safe, open and welcoming spaces for all Londoners.”