Following the Government’s latest guidance, allowing us to spend more time in outdoor spaces, Sheffield City Council is urging people to stick to social distancing measures while enjoying the city’s beautiful green spaces.

With more than 800 green spaces across the city, there is enough outdoor space for everyone to enjoy. In Sheffield you are never far from a park, woodland or the glorious countryside.

Sheffield City Council kept all park grounds open during the full lockdown period to allow people to take their daily exercise, but closed facilities such as playgrounds, toilets, games areas, and these remain closed.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I know that daily exercise in our many beautiful local parks has been a saving grace for so many people in Sheffield, including me.

“We are extremely lucky that wherever you live in the city you can access green open space very easily and we knew how important that is at this very difficult time.

“With the Government’s new guidance that people can spend more time in parks and meet, with social distance, with one person from another household I must ask everyone to stay alert and stay safe. Please do not get complacent. We have to adhere to social distancing and if the place you visit is very busy, consider trying somewhere else.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been following social distancing guidelines, I know it’s very hard not to have close contact with friends and loved ones but it is essential and it is for everyone’s benefit.

“It looks like we have more fair weather on the way, so get out there, have fun, keep fit, but stay safe.”

A deserted Botanical Gardens in Sheffield

The Government’s updated guidance from 11 May states that people can now spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing, and meet one other person from a different household outdoors – following social distancing guidelines.

It remains against the law for three or more people to gather in a public place unless they are from the same household. South Yorkshire Police will continue patrols across the city this weekend to encourage compliance with social distancing measures. They have the power to disperse gatherings and issue fines.