Things you can do in Bristol this weekend you couldn’t do last week

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This is the first weekend since restrictions under lockdown were eased slightly this week, with people having more freedom to get out and about.

Earlier this week the Government set out its plans to gradually start to return life to normal – and some activities off limits for nearly two months are now permitted.

The easing of the rules permits people to spend more time outdoors.

It means residents can go to parks and beaches to sunbathe, have a picnic and go fishing, for example.

People can also see one person from another household, as long as they continue to stay two metres apart.

Also guidance that restricted exercise to once a day has been removed, while there is now no limit on how far people can go to get to the countryside, National Parks and beaches – as long as they don’t leave England.

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But people are being reminded that it is still vital to observe social distancing guidelines, ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your own household at all times.

Fines for non-compliance have been increased and now start at £100, which are lowered to £50 if paid within 14 days.

The penalties are doubled on each further repeat offence, up to £3,200.

With a fair weather forecast, it is likely the city’s parks and beauty spots will be busy, while tennis courts are expected to be snapped up by players keen to dust off their rackets.

In his address to the nation on Sunday, Boris Johnson said: “From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise.

“You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports but only with members of your own household.

“You must obey the rules on social distancing and to enforce those rules we will increase the fines for the small minority who break them.”

However tourism chiefs in Weston-super-Mare have warned that people arriving in the seaside town will find much of the resort is still shut and are urging them to stay away.

Many of the main attractions – such as Weston Pier – remain closed due to the pandemic.

Public transport should also be avoided other than for essential journeys, while holidays, overnight stays or visits to the homes of friends and family are still prohibited, unless it is to help a vulnerable person, for medical reasons or to take a child to another household with shared parental responsibilities.

Below are some things you will be able to do in Bristol this weekend that you could not to last weekend.

Head to The Downs for a picnic

People are now allowed to go for a picnic and sunbathe in parks and beauty spots. The likes of Brandon Hill, St George’s Park and The Downs will likely be busy.

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The best picnic spots

The UK government has said you can can spent more time outdoors, for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking or sunbathing.

Many have enjoyed going for walks and jogs in the city’s green spaces in recent weeks, but we now have more flexibility when we visit them.

Brandon Hill, St George’s Park, Ashton Court Estate and Blaise Castle are all known for being stunning locations, and will likely be busy now that people are allowed to spend more time outdoors.

In addition you can also meet one other person from a different household outdoors – again, ensuring you follow social distancing guidelines.

Bristol City Council announced that car parks at Bristol’s beauty spots were to reopen on Thursday (May 14).

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Speaking during a mayoral fortnightly media briefing on Wednesday (May 13), a Bristol City Council spokeswoman said: “Tomorrow, car parks will be back open in our Bristol parks.

“We are looking at the other things the Government announced regarding tennis courts and sports facilities.

“We must ensure public health safety first, and a lot of our tennis courts, for example, are not just one individual one, so we need to look at how we do that safely.

“But from tomorrow people will be pleased that they can park in our car parks again.”

Dust off your rackets and head for the courts

Tennis is one of the sports that can resume. Some clubs have announced they are open again, but the council has not yet confirmed if the courts it runs are back up and running.

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Tennis players at Cleeve Hill Tennis Club in Downend, Bristol (Image: Bath Chronicle/Artur Lesniak)

The government has given the green light for outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as tennis or basketball courts, to reopen.

With opponents stood at either end of a 23-metre court, tennis is a sport where social distancing is not only possible but easy to observe.

You can either play with members of your household, or one other person while staying two metres apart.

The latest guidance from the Lawn Tennis Association states: “By its very nature, tennis is an activity whereby close person to person contact can be avoided.

“Please be aware that not all courts may be open. Venues will need to make an assessment based on whether they can facilitate safe play at their venue. Where they chose to remain closed please respect this decision.

“In addition, not all other venues will be open from May 13 – some courts may take time to be unlocked and prepared for use following the closure during the lockdown period.”

While some clubs have said they are not ready to reopen just yet, several will be up and running this weekend including Greville Smyth Park and Bristol Central Tennis Club.

Be aware that some operate on a members-only basis – more information is available on their respective websites.

Bristol City Council oversees many of the city’s public tennis facilities, including Horfield Common, Redcatch Park, Canford, Eastville, St George and Victoria Park.

But the authority has not yet confirmed when its tennis courts will be reopening. Bristol Live has asked when this is likely to happen.

Pick up a pastry from Hart’s Bakery

A number of popular cafés and restaurants have reopened for takeaway and delivery, including Hart’s Bakery, Bocabar and Sweven.

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Inside Hart’s Bakery (Image: Mike Lusmore)

A number of businesses in the hospitality industry have reopened in the wake of the Prime Minister’s announcement, predominantly for delivery and takeaway.

These include The Crafty Egg on Stokes Croft, Sweven on North Street, Mrs Potts Chocolate House on Park Street and Bocabar in The Paintworks.

They have all said they will have strict measures in place to protect staff and customers.

One of Bristol’s most popular bakeries, Hart’s, is relaunching with an online shop.

Customers can choose whether to pick up their food for collection from the Lower Station Approach shop on either Friday or Saturday.

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Hart’s owner Laura Hart shared the news on the bakery’s website, writing: “After being closed for several weeks during the lockdown, we have decided to re-open the bakery with a small team and reduced product range.

“We have just launched our new online shop with a Click & Collect service to ensure a speedy and contact-free collection.

“The bakery will also be open for food to take home, although please note we will not be serving coffee.

“We have put in place a number of systems to ensure the safety of staff and customers, and appreciate everyone’s support in following these.

“We look forward to welcoming you back to the bakery.”

Stock up on plants from Dobbies Garden Centre

St Aldams Nursery in Pucklechurch, Kemps Plants in Coalpit Heath and Dobbies in Thornbury are some of the garden centres in Bristol that have reopened following the Government’s updated rules.

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© Tim George/ UNP 0845 600 7737 Dobbies 39971 Peterborough (Image: Dobbies Garden Centre)

A slower pace of life has allowed people to spend more time tidying up their gardens, but sourcing the necessary equipment has not been easy with garden centres shut.

That has now changed however, after the Government permitted them to reopen.

While some in Bristol have decided to remain closed, some have recently reopened.

These include St Aldams Nursery in Pucklechurch, Kemps Plants in Coalpit Heath and Dobbies in Thornbury.

A queuing system will be in operation outside the stores, with two metre markers in place to help maintain social distancing.

Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will be available at all store entrances.

Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or contactless, where possible.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We have taken care to ensure we are following guidance provided by the Government, British Retail Consortium and Horticultural Trade Association to reopen responsibly.

“Our team is well prepared, social distancing measures are in place and we look forward to welcoming customers back into our Thornbury store and across England.

“I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these uncertain times.”

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