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A CLEAR WARNING ON REDDITCH PARKS – ENJOY RESPONSIBLY

RISK OF CLOSURE

If there’s evidence of continuous failure to comply with public healthcare guidance I will not hesitate to ask for an urgent decision that all public parks across Redditch be closed.

UPDATE ON REDDITCH PARKS

Just been to the Arrow Valley Country Park with the family. Pleased to see most people are respecting the guidelines. It’s important to come here and enjoy some fresh air, but more important to stay safe.

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Stay at least 2m apart, keep your children away from other children, avoid using the playgrounds for now. If you must use the playgrounds (I know what it’s like, I’ve got kids too), make sure you clean the equipment before and afterwards, and wash your hands before and afterwards too.

ENJOY A COFFEE – ALONE

During my visit I would say around 70% of people were complying with the advice, but unfortunately the 30% is a worry. At one point an old lady carrying two takeout hot drinks fell over, and around 10 people including children went rushing to her aid. That’s great community spirit, but all of them immediately came into contact with each other. If you have mobility issues be extra careful if you go out.

CLOSURE GUIDANCE

The Council will continue to monitor the parks where possible – we shouldn’t really have to send officers away from more important duties to police social distancing.

If there’s evidence of continuous failure to comply with public healthcare guidance I will not hesitate to ask for an urgent decision that all public parks across Redditch be closed.