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Newport Council reopens city parks

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All gated parks in Newport had been closed to ensure the safety of the public and staff and remained closed over the bank holiday weekend.

From Monday this week, park gates will be open between 8am and 4pm.

Social distancing guidance must continue to be followed when using the facilities and the following areas will remain closed:

  • Play areas
  • Outdoor gym equipment or facilities (e.g. mini golf)
  • Multi use games facilities and tennis courts
  • Public toilets and changing rooms
  • Sports pitches (of any size or type) must only be used for general exercise, not for games/matches

In a statement on the council website, a spokesperson said:

“It is important not to breach any fences, closed gates, sectioned off areas and closed park facilities. We appreciate your continued support.

“Residents are also reminded of the clear advice issued by Welsh Government regarding non-essential travel. Exercise should be taken close to your home and you should not travel for this purpose.

“The original decision to close parks was not taken lightly but we hope people understand that the priority was, and continues to be, keeping people safe and preventing further spread of the virus.

“Newport has experienced high numbers of cases and some residents continued to ignore social distancing advice – all decisions taken were based wholly on risk.

“Newport City Council is constantly reviewing the impact of Covid-19 on the city, council services and facilities. As the picture changes, restrictions will be lifted further but only when it is appropriate and safe to do so.”