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Coronavirus - Sheffield parks and countryside updates

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16.04.20 - Grass cutting to resume in some parks

Grass cutting in some of our parks will re-start from 20 April onwards. This is to help us keep our parks and green spaces safe and accessible to all.  It will make it easier for people to keep to social distancing guidance while doing daily exercise.

Each site and the amount of maintenance to be carried out has been carefully chosen, as we have reduced numbers of staff available and we need them to work safely.  Some areas will not be mown over the coming weeks, but we will keep reviewing the maintenance programmes to maximise public benefits,  staff safety and biodiversity.

Please remember to continue observing Government guidelines while exercising in parks.  Keep moving, and stay 2 metres away from anyone not from your household.

Stay safe and keep others safe too.  Thank you.

15.04.20 - Dog walking in parks

If you're out taking your dog for daily exercise please help keep our parks and green spaces healthy places for everyone.  Most dog owners are still cleaning up after their dogs; please make sure you do too.

Dog waste and dual use bins are being emptied so please use these wherever they are available. Where there are no bins, we remind dog owners that it is still your responsibility to pick up your dog's waste and dispose of it safely.

If walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should walk your dog on a lead to ensure you can safely keep 2 metres away from others.

The Government has published further guidance for pet owners and those with animals

Stay safe, and keep others safe too.

09.04.20 - Car parks in city parks closed

Car parks at city parks are now closed. It is important that people do not travel unnecessarily away from home to parks, woodlands and countryside to carry out daily exercise. This should be done within the local area.

The council is working closely with South Yorkshire Police to help keep everyone safe and reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Follow Government guidance on social distancing. Parks should only be visited for daily exercise, not to meet with others. Adhering to these guidelines will help to keep parks and green spaces open.

Those with gardens are asked to use this space as much as possible to allow others,  without outdoor space, to use parks and green spaces safely for their daily exercise.

23.03.20 - Playgrounds closed

In order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) all Sheffield City Council outdoor play and exercise facilities will be closed from tomorrow (Tuesday 24th March 2020).  

Parks will remain open until further notice, but gates to all playgrounds in the city will be locked with notices in place. 

The council is urging everyone to follow social distancing guidance or parks will have to close completely.    

Cllr Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said: 

“Our parks and open spaces play a huge part in helping to promote and maintain residents’ physical and emotional wellbeing, especially during this difficult time. 

"However we feel this is a necessary measure to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and to encourage more people to follow the government’s guidance on social distancing.

"It is important that everyone adheres to the social distancing rules so we can prevent further measures with more facilities such as parks having to close entirely.”