The leaders of Wiltshire’s two councils have confirmed that the county’s country parks and green spaces remain open, but warn resident they cannot drive to them.
The councillors reiterated the Wiltshire Police chief’s message yesterday, which urged people to avoid travelling to beauty spots by motor vehicle and said fines will be issued to those who are deliberately flouting the government lockdown laws.
Today, dog walkers were seen driving to Coate Water in Swindon, parking at the roadside behind the park whilst the main car park remains closed to prevent non-essential travel.
Councillor Philip Whitehead, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “The great majority of people in Wiltshire have followed the Government guidelines to stay at home, and we thank them for that.
“I know that Easter is traditionally a time when families and friends get together, but please don’t be tempted to break the Government guidance over this holiday period.
“Our play areas and outdoor gyms are closed until further notice, but open spaces, such as country parks, remain open. Please only use these areas once a day for exercise, and only if they’re within walking distance from your house and please ensure you are at least two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.”
Leader of Swindon Borough Council Councillor David Renard said: “I understand how difficult these containment measures have been for a lot of people and I would like to thank everybody who has so far managed to follow the Government advice to the letter.
“I would strongly urge people to continue to follow the official guidelines around social distancing this bank holiday weekend. Those who wish to exercise will be pleased to know that Swindon’s parks will remain open, though residents will be unable to drive to them.”
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