Corby Borough Council has closed vehicle access into East Carlton Country Park and Weldon Woodland Park to discourage people from travelling to exercise during lockdown and keep people safe.
East Carlton Country Park’s café which was operating a takeaway service and toilets have also been closed.
The decision comes following a drastic rise in positive cases in the Borough over the last week, driven by the new highly transmissible strain of Covid-19.
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘Positive Covid-19 cases in Corby have trebled since Christmas and cases in the over 60s have risen by over 100% in the last week. This is putting extreme pressure on our hospitals and we must act now to help stop the virus spreading further.
‘We have therefore made the decision to shut vehicle access to our parks to discourage people from travelling to these areas in their vehicles during lockdown rather than using green spaces closer to home.
‘We need to be doing everything we can to reduce these shocking numbers in Corby and ensuring that we are doing everything to keep our staff and community safe. So please let’s stand together by standing apart’.
During lockdown please ensure that you:
- Stay at home, any journeys must be essential
- Do not mix with anyone outside of your home or support bubble
- Keep 2 metres apart when in public spaces
- Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth when in public spaces
- Wash hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds
Please stick to these rules so we can beat the virus, protect the NHS and save lives
For further details on the Government’s latest announcement and guidelines, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus.