Parks & Open Spaces - Coronavirus updates

Last updated: 04 November 2020

Parks and open spaces

All of our parks and open spaces are open for use. However, in line with the restrictions imposed as part of the second lockdown period from 5 November 2020, the following facilities will be temporarily closed:

  • Indoor leisure and sports facilities
  • Outdoor multi-use games areas
  • Tennis courts
  • The Municipal Golf Course

Please follow social distancing guidelines when using parks and outdoor areas and be considerate of others. Wash your hands regularly. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Public toilets are open at:

  • Mayflower Park
  • Weston Shore

Read the latest national guidance on using green spaces.

Allotments

Please refer to rule W21 in the Allotment Rules and Guidance on who is permitted on your plot. The COVID-19 guidance does not affect this rule.

Working on your allotment is a good way of getting exercise and growing food during the crisis. You can visit your allotment with your household. However, we recommend you keep the number of people attending your plot to a minimum. This will reduce the numbers of people at the allotment at any one time, which is crucial to support social distancing and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

If you have a registered helper on your plot they can attend, but you should socially distance from them if they are not in your household or support bubble. It would be sensible to reduce your plot to a minimum level of work, on the basis that you may need to self-isolate at some point.

If you are self-isolating, because you or your household have symptoms, you must not leave the house to visit your allotment. If you are vulnerable and shielding yourself, due to underlying health conditions, you can visit your allotment but you should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

If you develop a cough or temperature while you are at your plot, you must go home immediately. You should avoid public transport and car sharing with anyone outside your household.

Plot holders must take the following precautionary measures:

  • Attend your allotment on your own, with members of your own household. You should socially distance from anyone not in your household or support bubble. You can meet with up to six people in an outdoor space as long as you follow the social distancing guidelines
  • Only attend if you are well and everyone in your household and support bubble is well. If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate at home for 7 days or until you have a normal temperature, whichever is longer.
    • If you do not have symptoms, but someone you live with or someone in your support bubble does, then you must self-isolate for 14 days in line with national guidance.
    • Self-isolating means you do not leave your home. You should order a test immediately at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119 if you have no internet access.
    • If your test is positive, you must complete the remainder of your seven-day self-isolation.
    • Anyone in your household or support bubble must also complete self-isolation for 14 days from when you started having symptoms.
    • If your test is negative, you and other household and support bubble members no longer need to self-isolate.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water when you leave home and return home
  • Take a flask of water, soap and paper towels/tissues to the plot with you. After arriving at your plot, either use the water from your flask or use your elbow to press the push taps. Dry your hands thoroughly with your towels
  • Use hand sanitiser (with at least 60% alcohol) before opening any gates and locks, and on arriving at the site
  • Minimise eating and drinking at your allotment and do not touch your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, not into your hand. Wash or sanitise your hands immediately after.
  • Do not share your tools and seeds and strictly follow social distancing by staying at least two metres away from anyone that you do not live with or are not in your support bubble
  • When you are outside you can meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • If you have to take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces. If you cannot supervise your children so they are not a potential risk to others, then you should not go to the plot
  • No unauthorised people allowed on allotment plots
  • Bonfires are not permitted at any time during this COVID-19 emergency as many sites are surrounded by houses where vulnerable people may be getting their only bit of fresh air through an open window
  • Those shielding can spend time outdoors with members of their household or if living alone with one other person from another household (and the same person each time) but should take extra care to maintain strict social distancing by keeping two metres apart from others and washing their hands frequently. Please let your Council Allotment Officer know that you cannot visit the site. If possible. This should be done in writing, so we can make allowances for your situation

Failure to follow the guidelines will leave the council with no alternative other than to close all the allotment sites.

We need to keep you, each other and people who are vulnerable safe.

Changes are expected from 4 July and will be published nearer the time.