Bedford park visitors reminded to use the outdoor spaces responsibly as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions ease

From March 29 outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households are allowed

By Laura Hutchinson
Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:10 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 11:16 am

As the Easter holidays start and Covid-19 lockdown restrictions continue to ease as part of the Government roadmap, Bedford Borough Council is reminding residents to enjoy the town's parks responsibly.

From today (March 29) outdoor gatherings of either six people or two households are allowed. And with everyone still being asked to minimise travel and 'stay local', the council is expecting many people to enjoy Bedford's beautiful parks and open spaces, including the Green Flag Country Parks at Priory and Harrold-Odell, the Embankment, Bedford Park, Russell Park, Addison Howard Park, and all of the smaller neighbourhood parks.

It is asking visitors to use litter bins provided - and if they are full between emptying due to the increase in visitors, to take your rubbish home with you.

Bedford Park

Park toilets are open - but visitors are reminded to social distance when using them, and wash/sanitise their hands regularly.

They should also continue to follow social distancing guidance between households to keep everyone safe.

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment said “Local parks have been a lifeline for people during lockdown, and now they will become a space where people can meet with friends and loved ones, in a safe and responsible way.

"We know how much people love their local park, and we just want to remind everyone to use their park in a responsible and respectful way. We can only do so much to keep our parks clean and safe, we need your help too.

“So please, leave the park as you would wish to find it- put any litter you have in a bin or take it home with you, and make sure you keep yourself and your communities safe by social distancing, and regularly washing/sanitising your hands.”