Last updated 29 May 2020
Our parks and green spaces are crucial for exercise and mental wellbeing, but to ensure they stay open for everyone to use, you must follow the Government's rules to stop the spread of COVID-19.
When using Merton's parks or green spaces, it is vital that you take these steps:
- Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.
- Parks should be used for daily exercise, permitted activities or essential travel only.
- There are a limited number of things you can now do that you could not do before:
- spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing
- meet one other person from a different household outdoors - following social distancing guidelines
- exercise outdoors as often as you wish - following social distancing guidelines
- use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis– with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart
- Please keep your dog under control at all times and on a lead if necessary.
- If you have a garden, make use of the space for exercise and fresh air. Please consider that people without gardens rely on parks more.
- You should only go outside alone, with members of your own household or one person outside of your household. Gatherings of more than two in parks or other public spaces have been banned. The Met Police and local authorities and are out in parks urging Londoners to follow social distancing rules.
- Observe social distancing, staying at least 2 metres apart from other people.
- Use all areas of the park that remain open, not just the paths, so you can maintain an appropriate distance from others
- If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot safely stay at a distance from others, consider exercising in quieter less-used streets.
- Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates 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.
- Pay attention to instructions provided by parks services including any officials on site. Temporary measures have been put in place to safeguard you.
- Do not use areas of the park that have been closed such as play areas and outdoor gyms – these are closed to stop the possible spread of COVID-19 through touching surfaces and keeping a safe distance from others.
- Barbecues are temporarily banned in all of our parks until further notice.
Guidance from the Government
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do