Please exercise responsibly this Easter weekend

Published Thursday, 9th April 2020

Join the movement #StayInWorkOut

As the Easter weekend approaches and warm weather is predicted, we are reminding residents of the Government’s guidance about being outside.

You can leave your home for the following reasons:

  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  • one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

All the borough’s sports facilities are currently closed including tennis courts, basketball courts, Belfair’s golf course, swimming pools and gym facilities.

While our parks are open, playgrounds and all recreational facilities in them remain unavailable for use. This includes outdoor fitness equipment, skate parks and ball courts, and we would urge those people using the park for their daily exercise to observe social distancing and stay two metres or six feet away from other people who do not live in the same house as you. 

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for planning and environment, said: “Last weekend we saw the majority of people acting responsibly and staying home where possible. However, we also saw people enjoying picnics on the beach, sunbathing outside, groups of teenagers playing football in the park and cyclists meeting up for a ride.

“Where we have seen this, we have spoken to those involved and asked them to go home as their actions are not in line with the Government guidance.

“The Government has been very specific with its advice that a daily walk, run or cycle is permitted. But only alongside members of your family, who you are living in the same house with. You should not be meeting with friends and family from other households under any circumstances.

“I understand that it is difficult not seeing the people we love and care about but everyone is having to make sacrifices. The sooner everyone complies, the sooner we can flatten the curve, slow the spread of coronavirus and get back to normal.

“Please, think twice about taking any unnecessary trips. Stay home and save lives. Please pay attention to your children and where they are going. If you do go outside, stay local, don’t drive. If you come across other people while outside, don’t stop to talk, continue walking and keep a two metre or six foot distance between you.”

It is important during this time to stay active for your ongoing mental and physical health, to manage stress and anxiety and generally make you feel better. There are many online exercise programmes available and Sports England have released tips and guidance on how to stay active as part of their campaign #StayInWorkOut https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home.

More information about what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak is available on the gov.uk website.

Meanwhile the Don’t Visit Southend campaign to deter visitors continues, with social media adverts continuing to run across south Essex and into east London. Seafront car parking bays remain suspended and seafront car parks are closed.

  • The Cinder Path, which runs along the seafront from Chalkwell Train Station to Old Leigh, will be closed this weekend. The path is too narrow to observe the two metre or six feet social distancing guidance, with those walking in the opposite direction. Therefore the decision has been made that it is in everyone’s best interests to close it.
  • We will also continue to monitor all areas of the borough and if any problems arise with social gatherings, we will work with relevant partners and take appropriate action to protect the general public. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

For trusted information about Coronavirus, please visit: www.southend.gov.uk/coronavirus.