Wakefield Council urges residents to stay home over February half term

Wakefield Council is reminding residents to stay at home and keep safe during the February school holidays and encouraging residents to stay local when visiting parks for their daily exercise.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 12:30 pm
People are being urged to stay home

The national lockdown has seen lots of visitors attending the main country parks with many travelling by car, causing traffic congestion and disruption to local residents.

The council continues to remind residents that they must stay within their village, town or the part of the city where they live. This means they should not travel by car or public transport from one area of the district to another to exercise.

Wakefield residents can play their part in reducing the spread of Covid-19 by staying at home, exercising locally and isolating when required.

Sign up to our daily Wakefield Express Today newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Deputy Leader of Wakefield Council, Coun Jack Hemingway, said: “During the February half term break, it is crucial that the district’s residents continue to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons.

“While we fully support people going out to exercise for their physical and mental health, it is important that people keep local and limit the journeys they make. Residents do not need to travel to exercise when there are so many great walking routes to explore from their doorstep. Let us work together to stay safe and protect one another during this national lockdown.”

Residents can take a look at walking routes close to them, by visiting the Council's website: www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/sport-and-activities/walking.

To encourage residents to stay local, Wakefield Council is running a competition on social media during the half term break, which asks residents to send in pictures of what they are proud of and love most about their area, tagging #walkfromhome.

It could be the view from their garden, a special landmark close to their home or a favourite local shop. One picture chosen from those submitted on social media will win a special edition Wakefield Walking bobble hat. The competition closes on the February 28.