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Coronavirus guidance - Merton parks and green spaces

Last updated 5 January 2021

Service updates

  • Our parks and playgrounds are open, however all sports facilities in parks are closed
  • Please remain at least 2 metres apart from others at all times. Please keep your dog under control at all times and on a lead if necessary.
  • Please read our guidance below on using parks and green spaces safely.

Guidance on using parks and green spaces safely

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.
  • You should not:
    • gather outdoors with more than one other person from outside your household or support bubble.
  • 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.
  • Observe social distancing, staying at least two metres apart from other people or one metre with a face covering.
    • 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 for at least 20 seconds with soap and water 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 – these are closed to stop the possible spread of COVID-19 through touching surfaces and keeping a safe distance from others.