Using our parks during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak
Sutton Council recognises that our parks are a lifeline for residents needing to get some exercise or fresh air, and are great for physical and mental wellbeing.
In the current situation, unless people follow social distancing advice, we will have to close them. Social distancing means staying away from (minimum 2 metres distance) all other people - other than those with whom you live in close proximity. This is particularly important in our parks - with warmer weather and greater use, we risk putting each other in danger.
We have already closed our facilities, including play equipment, sports courts and cafes so that we will not be encouraging people to gather together in places and to use equipment that may be touched by many people.
Please join those who are already changing their behaviour to keep us all safe.
The Council is constantly monitoring this situation regarding our parks and will follow further Public Health advice as and when it is issued.
Please follow the guidance when using Sutton’s parks:
- Walk your dog
- Go for a jog
- Enjoy some fresh air and pleasant surroundings
- Maintain at least 2 metres between you and other people at all times.
- Sit in groups
- Let children play together in groups
- Let children use play equipment - the playgrounds are now closed (the virus spreads via surfaces as well)
- Use the outdoor gyms
- Take part in group sports (football, cricket, basketball etc.)
If we all use parks responsibly, they will offer us a respite during this public health emergency.
Our frontline staff are working around the clock to save lives. Let’s play our part.
Please keep yourself and others safe.