April 2, 2020 11.09 am This story is over 43 months old

How to social distance in Lincoln parks

All children’s play areas in Lincoln have been temporarily closed

Enjoying the public parks and green spaces of Lincoln has become the permitted one form of exercise a day for some people in Lincoln during the coronavirus crisis.

All children’s play areas in Lincoln have been temporarily closed and must not be used, but what is the best way to social distance in the parks?

The parks and open spaces are still open, but social distancing is essential as some people appear to be making the most of their one form of daily exercise allowed by the government, including walking running or a bike ride.

The City of Lincoln Council has issued guidance reminding local residents of the following social distancing practices:

  • People are only to go outside with members of their household
  • They should exercise from or near their home instead of driving to parks or beauty spots
  • Anyone visiting a park should stay at least two metres apart from anyone outside of their household
  • People should wash their hands as soon as they are back indoors
  • Gatherings of more than two in parks and public spaces have been banned and the police have powers to enforce this

The playground at Boultham Park has been padlocked shut. Photo: Linda Verney

Steve Bird, Assistant Director of Communities and Street Scene at City of Lincoln Council, said: “Exercise is important for physical and mental wellbeing, especially during this difficult time.

“In line with government guidance we have made the decision to close off children’s play areas in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus from the equipment, and because it is very difficult to ensure social distancing amongst small children.

“We understand not everyone has access to a garden so our green spaces will remain open for those out for their daily exercise, but we urge people to be aware of the social distance guidelines in order to keep themselves and others safe.”

Click here for The Lincolnite’s extensive live blog coverage on coronavirus and here for the latest information from the city council.