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‘Keep Your Distance or Consider Staying Away’ Bank Holiday Call

Published Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Residents in Ribble Valley are being advised to stick to social distancing guidance when making the most of the borough’s parks and green spaces over the bank holiday.

But visitors are being asked to consider staying away from the picturesque borough’s popular beauty spots in order to protect the health of residents.

The Government is now allowing people to exercise outside as many times a day as they wish, as well as drive to the countryside, as long as they respect social distancing while they are there.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s grounds maintenance and street cleansing teams have been working hard to ensure the area’s green spaces are in tiptop condition for people to enjoy as the lockdown starts to lift.

And given the good weather there has never been a better time to enjoy the borough’s parks at Clitheroe Castle, Edisford and Brungerley in Clitheroe, and John Smith’s Playing Field in Longridge.

Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community committee, said: “Parks and green spaces are great for your health and wellbeing. They allow you to stretch your legs, get some fresh air and stay positive.

“It’s great that we can all now get outdoors more and our grounds maintenance and street cleansing teams have been working hard behind the scenes to keep our parks and green spaces in tiptop condition.

“While many of you will want to get out and about in Ribble Valley’s beautiful countryside and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the safety of our residents remains a priority and most services, such as shops and toilets, are closed.

“Please stick to social distancing when out and about in the borough, and avoid gathering.

“And if you are visiting from outside the area, consider whether it might be better for you enjoy the outdoors closer to your home.

“If you do stay away, please accept our thanks and be assured of a warm Ribble Valley welcome in due course.”

If you do get out and about in the countryside, here’s how to enjoy yourself and stay safe:

  • Stay two metres apart and avoid gathering
  • Stick to countryside paths and leave gates as you find them
  • It’s lambing season, so keep your dog on a lead in fields
  • Remember shops, cafes and toilets, remain closed

As Ribble Valley enters the recovery phase, you can keep abreast of changes to council services in the local press, at ribblevalley.gov.uk and through our social media channels.

And don’t forget if you need assistance, such as collecting prescriptions, housing, financial and debt advice, help with shopping, or simply want to chat, contact the Ribble Valley Community Hub at 01200 414597, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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