Parks across Wolverhampton to stay open as markets close
Parks across Wolverhampton will remain open after a decision to close them was reviewed following Government advice.
Wolverhampton Council had initially made a decision to shut them in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
But now, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement, they will remain open with restrictions in force – but all markets across the city have now closed.
Parks will be under constant review, with children's play areas closed and no gatherings or more than two people allowed.
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People have been asked to maintain the Government's guidance on social distancing – with chiefs closing parks if visitors refuse to comply.
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment at Wolverhampton Council, said: “Despite our desire to keep our green spaces and markets open, the health and wellbeing of local people, volunteers and employees has to be our top priority.
"You can see from media and social media coverage over the weekend that social distancing measures aren’t working in some places.
"We’re determined to do all that we can to prevent and slow the spread of this virus.
"Our priority is keeping people safe and out of hospital, so our fantastic NHS colleagues have a fighting chance of treating those most in need.
"We are working with our market traders to see how we can best support them to serve their loyal customer base, perhaps by promoting home delivery."