COVID-19 guidance on park use
From 6 January based on the latest government advice:
You should minimise time spent outside your home.
It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
Organised sport and physical activity
Organised outdoor sports and the use of outdoor sports courts and outdoor gym equipment is not permitted.
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
- by yourself
- with the people you live with
- with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
- in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
- or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
If you are planning to visit one of Kingston’s open spaces it is vital that you take the following steps:
- Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms - high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.
- If you have a garden, please make use of the space for exercise and fresh air.
- If the park is crowded do not enter if you cannot safely observe social distancing.
- Be aware of people entering/exiting the park at the same time as you. Be patient and allow space.
- Observe social distancing - stay at least 2 metres apart from other people at all times.
- Keep to the left of footpaths where possible to help the flow of traffic.
- Respect other park users and make use of all areas of the park that remain open so everyone can enjoy the space and stay safe.
- Follow guidance about facilities which are closed for safety reasons.
- Our toilets reopened on Monday 6 July please visit our toilet facilities page for information or visit www.toiletmap.org.uk to find the nearest public toilet.
- Follow hygiene advice when you are outside. Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates, benches or hand-rails) and your mouth and face. Please follow Public Health England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.
- Do not have barbecues.
- Please keep your dogs under strict control, and on a lead if necessary, to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.
- Help keep the parks clean by taking your litter home with you.
- Playgrounds remain open.
- Do not visit a playground if you or your family display any symptoms.
- There are currently no special cleaning measures in place in playgrounds - they are not disinfected or sanitised.
- Please make sure you all wash your hands before you leave home to visit the playground, and when you return from your visit.
- Please bring hand sanitiser with you and make sure you and your family use it before and after using the equipment - this will help to keep you and others safe.
- To help maintain safe social distancing if practical only one adult per group should supervise children.
- If the playground is busy when you arrive please consider waiting before entering, or return at another time - please consider discussing this possibility with your child before arriving.
- Avoid congregating with other people when entering or leaving the playground, and when supervising children.
- Some items of equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing - please wait at a safe distance if equipment is in use or return later to use it.
- Encourage your children to avoid touching their faces whilst they are playing.