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posted 23 Mar 2020, 16:16 by Andrew Brown
As you may have seen, the Prime Minister made a statement on 23 March 2020 on the latest measures to combat Coronavirus/COVID-19. These were, in part, a response to reports that previous measures were not being adhered to in the way required.

Although the facilities in parks - including ours - have now been closed, the parks themselves remain open. This means that the play parks and multi-use games areas are now out of bounds - even if not physically locked/closed off - the bowling and tennis clubs are shut, and the council have announced goal posts will be removed.

When using the park, please observe social distancing, and stay at least two metres away from others.

You can use the park in family groups (where you live in the same house) but other groups of more than 2 are now prohibited - and the Police are being granted powers to enforce this.

The new rules allow you to take one form of exercise outdoors each day, and our park can be key to that for those close by. However, the government will be keeping the rules under review, and these could be tightened at any time. It is in all of our interests to adhere to adhere to these rules in the hope that a) they slow the spread of the virus and b) prevent further measures, such as shutting parks entirely, being required.

There's a lot to get used to - and the next few weeks and months are going to be a challenge for us all. There are a number of local community action groups and other resources available to help. The following are links to some of them:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BS3Covid19/  - BS3 response group, on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/groups/bs4communitycovid19/  BS4 response group, on Facebook (for those slightly further away from the park)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus  - Government information site

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ - NHS information site

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/crime-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19-what-you-need-to-know - Bristol Council information site

If you are aware of other local help, please let me know (andrewcbrownuk@gmail.com) and I'll try and share in the coming days.

Andrew Brown
Chair, Victoria Park Action Group