Following the recently updated coronavirus guidance from Government, tennis courts and multi use games areas across some of Buckinghamshire’s parks are open for people to use for outdoor exercise since May 22 (Friday).

While people are now able to exercise more than once a day and make use of facilities like tennis courts and multi-use games areas, Buckinghamshire Council is reminding people to continue to keep more than 2 metres apart, be considerate of others and exercise safely.

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In line with the updated advice, the council is keen to ensure people are able to do outdoor physical activity for the purpose of health and wellbeing with some clear guidance and restrictions on how to do this safely.

Facilities in parks like children’s play areas and outdoor gyms will remain closed to maintain social distancing and limit the spread of the virus.

Tennis courts and multi use game areas are now open for public use with posters advising people how they should be used:

• A maximum of one household at a time or two people from different households

• Keep a 2 metre distance from people not in your household

• Use your own equipment

• Keep your hands clean

• Only meet one other person outside of your household for one on one games

• Help keep our parks clean and take your litter home

• Be considerate of others in sharing the facilities

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Cabinet member for Sports and Leisure, Clive Harriss, said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority and we’re doing our best to make sure our parks and sports courts are available for people to exercise safely.

"It’s up to all of us to make sure that we continue to do our bit and limit the spread of the virus as much as possible – so please remember to keep your distance, only use the courts with your household or one other person from outside your household and be considerate of others in our parks.”

Visit the councils website to find out where your local park is and what facilities they have.