Residents reminded not to travel for exercise

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 9 January 2021

FOLLOWING a number of increased visits to Hinckley’s green spaces and parks, Borough Council bosses have urged residents to adhere to the lockdown laws and stay local instead of unnecessarily travelling out to parks in the Borough to meet up with others.

Burbage Common and Woods (Google Street View)

Since the lockdown restrictions were put in place on Wednesday (6 January) at 12.01am, an increased number of visitors have been meeting up at the sites and not exercising near their local areas, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council announced on their official Facebook page.

Whilst lockdown rules do state that residents may exercise with other members of their household, or one other person from another household, exercise must not be done outside of local areas, meaning that residents should not travel elsewhere to exercise.

The Council have stressed this lockdown rule on social media and explained that residents and visitors should follow the rules and not arrange to meet or travel to these outdoor spaces, or further afield, to exercise in a bid to help keep the number of coronavirus cases down.

In the statement on social media, a Borough Council spokesperson, said: “Not surprisingly, we have seen an increasing number of people visiting Burbage Common and the other parks around the borough since national restrictions started.

“Lockdown restrictions mean you can exercise on your own, with your household or bubble, or with one other person from a different household.

“Please do not arrange to meet friends or family even in these outdoor spaces or travel further afield to do so, help us keep our COVID numbers down and follow the rules.

“Please remember to follow the basics to help keep yourself and others safe and to reduce the spread of the virus.

“This includes staying two metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble and washing or sanitising your hands regularly.

“Please take litter and dog waste home or dispose of it responsibly.”

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