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Carlisle parks and open spaces – please follow the rules

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Carlisle City Council is urging visitors to their parks and open spaces to follow government rules after concerns were raised about anti-social behaviour.

The council is working with the local police hub and both agencies are urging visitors to follow social distancing guidelines and to dispose of their litter responsibly.

Areas such as Rickerby Park have seen an increase in littering and concerns have been raised about the impact on local wildlife and also cattle grazing on the land.

Love and look after wildlife and wild places by doing the following:

  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms – See NHS guidelines if this applies to you.
  • Observe social distancing, staying at least two metres apart from other people.
  • Avoid touching surfaces (such as gates or handrails) and your mouth and face. Please follow Public Health England advice on hand washing including washing your hands as soon as you get home.
  • Avoid BBQs and fires.
  • Take all your litter home or use a litter bin.
  • Keep dogs on leads and pick up dog mess.
  • Park considerately.
  • Cafes and toilets are shut – so limit the length of your visit and stay local.
  • Do not use areas of the park that have been closed such as play areas, outdoor exercise areas or sports facilities – these are closed for your safety.
  • Wash your hands when you get home.

Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson, Portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Most people are abiding by the government advice; however, a small majority are flouting the rules and are endangering other park users, local wildlife and livestock. Please follow the rules and show respect to the places you visit.”

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