‘Very busy’ parks in Bristol prompts council message

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Bristol City Council has issued guidance on Saturday afternoon after receiving numerous reports that parks were ‘very busy’.

Police have been busy patrolling beauty spots and parks across the Bristol area to enforce lockdown conditions – on what is expected to be the warmest weekend of the year so far.

People have been urged to adhere to government restrictions and stay at home rather than venture out in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Victoria Park in Bristol today

This afternoon, Bristol City Council wrote on Twitter: “We are receiving numerous reports that parks are very busy.

“We cannot shut parks as many have no gates and numerous access points. But please follow guidance; only use parks once a day for short exercise and #StayHome

“While you can still go to the park for exercise once a day please stay 2m apart from others and leave the park if it is too busy to safely do this.

“Please do not have picnics or play games in groups. You should only visit for a short time with members of your household.

“The police have powers to disperse gatherings in parks and public spaces and issue fines if necessary.”

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Police officers keep an eye on people at St Georges Park

The country is expecting a warm, sunny weekend with temperatures of 20C, with police chiefs fearing the “biggest challenge of the lockdown so far”.

Some tourist resorts – such as Weston-super-Mare which saw crowds pack the prom last month despite social distancing measures being in place – have been asking people not to visit during the lockdown.

The plea comes at the same time as government advisors warned that flouting restrictions and venturing out to enjoy the sun this weekend “will lead to high levels of infections for weeks.”

Current government guidance is to stay at home and only to go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you can’t work from home).

People should take exercise once a day but maintain social distancing measures of staying two metres away from other people.

Those going out to exercise are asked to do so locally and not to drive to exercise elsewhere, such as local beauty spots.

People should also not meet others, even friends or family and practice good hygiene measures including the regular washing of hands.

Children’s play areas have also been taped off across the city.

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