Residents urged to respect COVID-19 restrictionsPublished Tuesday, 19th May 2020
Council officials in Hartlepool are urging residents to respect restrictions introduced to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to observe rules on public gatherings and social distancing.
They are also calling on parents to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children at all times.
This follows reports from several parts of the town – including Seaton Carew, Rossmere Park and Oxford Road - of increasing numbers of people using children’s play areas which are currently closed until further notice. In some cases, tape cordons have been removed to gain access.
There have also been issues with increasing numbers of young people gathering together in some areas, while anti-social behaviour continues to be a problem at Summerhill Country Park.
Councillor Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The vast majority of people have been very supportive of the measures introduced to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and we are very grateful for that.
“However, some people are ignoring restrictions and that is a concern. Statistics currently show that the virus still poses a very real threat in Hartlepool, so our message to local people is simple - why take the risk? It is vital that we all do whatever we can to stay safe. We would urge people to respect the closure of children’s play areas and where they do venture outdoors to follow the rules on public gatherings and social distancing at all times.”
Following the Government’s recent decision to ease lockdown restrictions, people are being asked to observe the following rules when visiting a park or open space:
- Only meet one other person from outside their household
- Stay at least two metres apart from others
- Use all parts of a park/open space to maintain a safe distance
- Do not enter an area if they are unable to stay 2 metres apart from others
- Keep dogs on leads
- Keep their hands clean
The Council has this week re-opened tennis courts, multi-use games areas and basketball hoops/courts in several areas. People are reminded that they can use these facilities with other members of their household. They can also meet up with one other person from outside their household but they must stay two metres apart. They should also clean their hands with sanitiser gel before and after using the facilities.