Stay safe if you're going outside this Easter Bank Holiday, Wakefield Council asks

Wakefield Council is asking those planning to enjoy the outdoors this Easter Bank Holiday to stay local to help avoid overcrowding at the district’s country parks.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:51 pm
Pugneys Country Park
Pugneys Country Park

Some of the larger country parks in the district are extremely busy and are likely to be very popular over the holiday period. When parks are overcrowded it increases the transmission risk of Covid-19 as well causing obstructions for residents living in neighbouring housing estates.

To help keep everyone safe, the council is asking people to stay local and enjoy the great outdoors by visiting their local park or green spaces, where possible.

If parks are busy people are urged to try somewhere else, and to avoid parking in residential streets.

Glynn Humphries, Corporate Director for Communities, Environment and Climate Change at Wakefield Council said: “As the days are getting lighter and brighter and with the recent easing of some government restrictions, which allow two households, or up to six people to meet outside, many of us will want to make the most of the great outdoors over the holiday period.

“I hope everyone has fantastic break, but please enjoy yourselves safely. We have many fantastic spaces across our district, and if we stay local, we can all help to support the goal of reducing Covid-19 cases, by driving down transmission in our district.

“The last 12 months have been challenging but we need to keep going, by following the guidance of hands, face and space – washing our hands regularly, using a face covering where appropriate, and keeping a safe distance from others.

“By visiting parks and green spaces locally, this Easter we can all help to protect others and keeping individuals and communities safe.”