COVID-19 UPDATE

Coronavirus (COVID-19) UPDATE

Updated 7 April 2020


Following Government guidance on Coronavirus we have temporarily closed our sports and leisure venues (see list on right hand side). We’re monitoring the situation closely and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Our parklands are open, but their car parks are closed on Bank Holidays and weekends to limit the numbers of people visiting. We will monitor the situation and will extend closures if we need to.

We know that green spaces are crucial for exercise and mental wellbeing, but anyone visiting must  follow the Government’s rules to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

This means one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household. And even when doing this, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Stay local and use open spaces near to your home – do not travel unnecessarily. 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.

Team sports, social activities (e.g. picnics, playdates) and sunbathing should not be taking place. Keep moving when you are in the park. We’ve taped off benches and picnic tables. Do not use these.
You should only go outside alone or with members of your own household. Gatherings have been banned. Our rangers, security team and the police are out in the parks urging people to follow social distancing rules.

Observe social distancing, staying at least two 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 any instructions from our team. Temporary measures have been put in place to safeguard you.

Do not visit if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath. See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.

Keep safe and stay well
 

NHS and Public Health England Guidance

 
We are constantly reviewing the situation, and following all NHS and Public Health England guidance. 
 
Please follow the Government’s health and safety advice:
 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work.
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve. Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

 

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Opening status of venues

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In light of the situation with coronavirus and the current guidance from the Government, some services maybe disrupted. This situation will be constantly assessed and this webpage will host the latest status of our venues and services.
 
Currently OPEN
 
Currently CLOSED:
 
Services currently closed:
 
Toilet blocks currently closed:
  • Dobbs Weir car park
  • River Lee Country Park, Fishers Green
  • Broxbourne Old Mill and Meadows
  • Gunpowder Park
 
Birds hides currently closed:
  • Longlands Hide (Lee Valley Park Farms)
  • Grand Weir Hide (River Lee Country Park)
  • Grebe Hide (River Lee Country Park)
  • Teal Hide (River Lee Country Park)
  • Cornmill Meadows Hide (Cornmill Meadows)
 
Events being held and/or run at these venues have been cancelled/postponed. All of our What's On listings will be updated with the latest status of the event. The organising party/venue will be in touch with you with the rescheduled date or to offer a refund. If you require any further information please contact the organising party/venue directly.
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