Restrictions eased on recreation areas

Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

Following the Government’s decision to loosen lockdown restrictions Havant Borough Council is re-opening some recreation facilities.

Tennis courts and multi-use games areas around the borough can now be used by those following the government’s new social distancing guidelines.

The facilities can be used alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while keeping two metres apart at all times.

However, play areas, outdoor gyms and skateparks remain closed given the risk of close contact and contaminated surfaces.

From today, kite sports will be allowed at Hayling Public Kitesurfing Beach again. The beach will only be open to those competent to an intermediate standard or above, able to adhere to all government guidelines and have up-to-date British Kite Sports Association membership and insurance. Full guidelines can be seen here.

Cllr Tim Pike, Cabinet Lead of Planning, Regeneration and Communities, said: “We are following the Government’s lead of loosening the lockdown in certain ways.

“Exercise is important for physical and mental health and so the time is right to open up these recreational facilities for wider public use.

“Of course, we must observe the social distancing practices that are still in place and as we follow the government’s route out of lockdown over the coming weeks, there will likely be further alterations to these rules.”

Find out the latest advice on the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/coronavirus