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Promenade Park Increased Covid Measures

Published on Thursday, 14th January 2021

Increased Covid measures will be introduced to Promenade Park from Friday 15 January.

While many people are staying home and staying safe, it is clear some are still not following the ‘Stay at Home’ message, or the rules that exercise should be taken locally or that social distancing should be maintained at all times.

We have seen an increase in the numbers of people visiting the park and not following social distancing rules, and evidence of visitors travelling from outside of the District to the Promenade Park which is against the current guidance.

We would remind anyone who is thinking of driving to the Promenade Park not to do so at the moment, and to stay local to take their exercise in line with the current rules.

Promenade Park will remain open for local residents to take their socially distanced exercise whilst adhering to the rules, as will other open spaces and play sites in the District.

However, we have had to introduce what we believe are proportionate measures in order to protect our community and reduce the transmission of the virus.

These measures will include;

  • Increased signage throughout the Park to remind everyone of the rules
  • Requirement for Kiosk holders to manage their takeaway customers and minimise the risk of transmission of the virus when people are queuing
  • Requirement for people not to congregate, mix with other households and to maintain 2m Social Distancing at all times
  • Support Essex Police with more frequent patrols in the Park. Where Essex Police Officers see clear and blatant breaches of the regulations, they will take action.
  • Closure of the play sites in Promenade Park (only) from 15 January, until further notice

Whilst closing the play sites in Promenade Park will be disappointing, we have seen a continued increase in their use and in the numbers of parents/guardians accompanying them, which creates a greater risk of transmission.

We have decided not to close the Promenade Park Car Park at this current time, as this will simply move the traffic into the surrounding roads, which is unfair on the residents who live near the Park.

We will continue to work with the Police to monitor compliance with the new rules, and if we continue to see the rules not being followed, we will consider further restrictions which could include the Promenade Park being closed to vehicles.

Cllr Wendy Stamp, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “I believe we have taken some sensible measures to try and reduce the numbers visiting Promenade Park. 

“The decision not to close the car park at this current time will ensure that the surrounding roads do not suffer the inconvenience this would inevitably cause. 

“I do not want visitors traveling into our District as they are putting the lives of our community at risk and we make no apology for protecting the health of our residents and helping the NHS to save lives.

“I would urge anyone who thinks that it acceptable to drive out of their local area for their exercise, to think again, Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives”.

-ENDS-

Notes to editor

  • Only Promenade Park play sites will be closed until further notice
  • Toilets, BMX and Skate Park will remain open
  • There are lots of other local parks and open spaces across the District, many of which are on your doorstep and within walking distance – local parks and open spaces