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Social Distancing Measures at Hailsham’s Parks and Open Spaces

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Hailsham Country Park lake 

Hailsham’s parks and public open spaces remain open during the Coronavirus outbreak until further notice, but residents are urged to adhere to the social distancing rules imposed by government agencies.

Public open spaces such as Hailsham Country Park, the Common Pond, Western Road Recreation Ground and Maurice Thornton Playing Field will remain open to the public, although residents MUST heed government advice relating to social distancing.

The public are still permitted to visit the Town Council’s parks open spaces, but MUST follow the guidelines below.

  • Observe “Social Distancing” with each other, currently set at 2-3 metres
  • Minimise contact with each other, e.g. no hand-shaking
  • Refrain from using parks or open spaces if you are exhibiting symptoms
  • Follow all government guidance on personal hygiene prior to and during use of parks or open spaces
  • While on pathways, warn other users of your presence and step aside to let others pass
  • Follow government guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings and maintain proper physical distance at all times

“The pleasant weather has seen many people going outdoors over the last week, some not following government advice and the recommended guidance for keeping 2 metres apart,” said Town Clerk John Harrison.

“Whilst our public open spaces will remain open for the time being, we ask people that are using them to respect the health and safety of others at all times, following the relevant government guidance on social distancing.”

The Town Council will keep this decision under review and will update the public if there are any further changes.

Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook commented: “Advising the public on social distancing and other measures is vital if we are to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s imperative that we take the health of the local community into consideration during this difficult time.”

“We’re advising residents to stay at home and follow government advice, but, at the same time, we understand that it is important to get some much-needed outdoor time.”

“If people choose to visit parks, recreation grounds and other open spaces, they should do this responsibly and follow the social distancing rule.

Enquiries relating to this media release

Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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