23 March 2020 06:34

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Leeds City Council will temporarily close all playgrounds in its parks from tomorrow (Monday 23 March) as part of its efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. While parks will remain open for the time being, all playgrounds in parks will be closed and the gates will be locked with notices in place. A council spokesman said: "Many children and adults are continuing to touch and use the play equipment at parks across the city, which is creating a significant risk of transmitting the virus to other people. "We feel this is a necessary measure to reduce the risk of the virus spreading and to encourage more people to follow the government's guidance on social distancing. "We need everyone to adhere to the social distancing rules otherwise more facilities such as parks will have to close in their entirety." Lambeth has announced that all playgrounds and gyms in parks will be closed from tomorrow, Monday 23rd March, 2020, in response to the escalating Coronavirus pandemic.


The council also announced that all park toilets will remain closed, but, crucially, all Lambeth parks remain open for now. However, Boris Johnson has today announced that all parks may be closed if people fail to follow the government's social distancing guidelines. During his daily press conference, Johnson said: We have all seen how people have been enjoying themselves over the beautiful weekend. But we have got to do it in line with the advice: Keep two metres apart. ' Otherwise, if people don't exercise responsibly in parks and green spaces, then there is going to be no doubt we will have to bring forward measures and we are certainly keeping that under further review.

Brixton and coronavirus: get help and get involved: View our comprehensive listing of Brixton and Lambeth mutual aid groups, WhatsApp groups and other support networks: Brixton and coronavirus: mutual help resources, information and discussion. For the latest, up to the minute updates, check out the local forum chat: Brixton and coronavirus: help, news, discussion Lambeth Council updates here: lambeth.gov.uk/coronavirus Join in with the online discussion Although social media can be very effective in times of crisis, it can also spread dangerous and confusing misinformation. There's some particularly well informed discussion taking place on the dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19 forum on urban75.