Following yesterday’s closure of the play areas in Pittville, Montpellier and Sandford parks, today (Monday 23 March), the council have agreed to close all remaining play areas, skate parks, multi-use games areas, outdoor fitness stations and tennis courts until further notice, to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

Tracey Crews director of planning said: “We would like to say a big thank you for being so supportive of the action taken.  It was however hugely disappointing that yesterday after closing Pittville children’s play area an individual broke the lock.  This is not acceptable, we need the support of everyone in our community to help protect each other, especially those who are vulnerable. 

‘’I understand the difficulty of keeping ourselves and our children socially distant. However, to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 residents and visitors should not access play areas or equipment that sits outside the fenced areas.’’

After reports that social distancing guidance was not being followed the council are taking further action to close the skate parks and BMX track.  Some of these parks cannot be physically closed, so suitable signs are being posted to highlight the areas that are closed. 

Councillor Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green environment said: “At this challenging time we really need our communities to pull together.  Social distancing is something we need to take very seriously and adhere to.  The measures we have implemented are aimed at reducing the risks for all.  In our parks we have had reports of teenagers gathering in groups.  We understand this is an unsettling time, but I urge all parents and carers to reinforce with their children the importance of social distancing.’’

As we all work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19 & protect our community we ask everyone who is visiting Cheltenham parks and open spaces to maintain social distancing, keeping at least 2m (6.5ft) from each other.  The council will continue to monitor the position and may need to take further steps to protect the well-being of our residents.  We are in this together.

See more articles referring to how the coronavirus is impacting Cheltenham here - COVID-19 – Advice for visitors to Cheltenham.




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