Coronavirus: Himley Park to reopen on Tuesday

By Jordan Reynolds | Dudley | Coronavirus | Published:

Himley Park is to reopen tomorrow after the grounds were closed almost a month ago when crowds gathered at the beauty spot, flouting government social distancing guidelines.

The gates were closed at Himley Park

But following government advice over the weekend for parks to be open for people to enjoy daily exercise, Dudley Council has reviewed the closure, with the gates once again set to reopen to visitors on Tuesday.

Government rules say people should only head outdoors for essential reasons, such as exercise, and they should always follow social distancing restrictions, remaining at least two metres apart from others.

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Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council said: "We want all our parks to be open so people have somewhere to go for fresh air and exercise.

"The decision to close Himley was not taken lightly and we hope that once reopened tomorrow, visitors will follow the clear government rules around social distancing and remain at least two metres apart from others.

"If people follow the advice, we will all be doing what we can to defend ourselves from this terrible outbreak.

"This decision to open the park again will be kept under review and if people flout the very clear government rules, I will not hesitate to reconsider.

"People need to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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