Bedford Borough Council is calling on residents to play by the rules when using the parks in Bedford during the third lockdown.
As estimates reveal one in 50 people in private households had the virus last week in the country, everyone is being asked to stay at home as much as possible.
However, you can leave your home for exercise once a day with your household/support bubble, or one other person.
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The plea comes asBedford was ranked the third best location in the UK for green spaces, according to ZooplaThe council is reminding everyone to keep their distance from others when taking their exercise, wash and sanitise their hands regularly - particularly before/after touching any play equipment, and not to gather in groups.
Cllr Charles Royden, portfolio holder for environment, said: “We know how much people value their local park, especially when they may not have a garden or space to get some fresh air and exercise off any excess energy.
“We are encouraging people to enjoy our parks during their daily permitted exercise in a safe and responsible way. Don’t gather in groups, keep your distance from others, and wash/sanitise your hands regularly.
“With local infections and hospital admissions rising we need everyone to play their part to protect the NHS and save lives.”
The council is also asking people not to stop in places where social distancing may be difficult, such as on narrow bridges over the river. Make sure that the bridge and the exit are clear before crossing.