14 May, 2020

Statement on open spaces in Thanet

On Sunday 10 May, the Government outlined some changes to the restrictions in place around lockdown. This means that members of the public can now exercise outside as often as they wish.

People can also sit and rest outside and can drive to outdoor publicly accessible open spaces irrespective of distance.

Leader of Thanet District Council, Cllr Rick Everitt said:

“The change in Government guidance means that more people are likely to be out enjoying Thanet’s parks, open spaces and beaches. 

“Whilst the Government has said that people can visit open spaces, it is important that everyone continues to act responsibly. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, we must  all follow the national guidance by staying two metres away from those not in their household.

“We also need residents and visitors using these public places to be aware that there will not be the usual access to amenities. We have been looking at how we can re-open public toilets and ensure public safety. Our toilets are currently closed but the government guidance issued yesterday is helpful and will inform our plans to open some of these facilities from next weekend (23/24 May).

“We will continue to review the Government guidance as this evolves and ensure that people are kept informed. As part of this, signage will be displayed in key locations around our coast.

“I’d like to thank the majority of people who are acting in a considerate and responsible way and would urge everyone to ensure that this continues.”

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