Published: Friday, 26th February 2021

With the end of lockdown now in sight, it’s more important than ever to follow the COVID-19 guidelines, maintain social distancing and observe hands–face–space. 

As we come out of winter and the weather continues to improve, more and more people will flock to the parks and open spaces across Royal Greenwich. While you can now enjoy a coffee or a picnic in the park with one friend from outside your household, it’s vital that we all act responsibly to keep the virus under control and the infection rates falling. The Government's Stay at Home requirements remain the same. 

The picture in Royal Greenwich is promising – our seven-day COVID-19 case rate is 69 per 100,000, a 47 per cent reduction on the same period last week, and London’s rates are now the third lowest of the nine English regions.   

Leader of the Council, Danny Thorpe, said “While this is a time for feeling optimistic, and I’m sure many of you have marked the 21 June in your diaries, we will only get to that point if we continue to observe the COVID-19 guidance and government advice. It would be awful if the actions of a few rule-breakers risked the roadmap out of lockdown and the lives of people following the guidelines. If we all stick to the rules for a little while longer, when the 21 June finally comes around, we will have something to truly celebrate.”  

Police and Council officers will be out patrolling our parks and green spaces over the next few weeks to make sure people are still following the guidelines. If you do break the rules, then you could face a fine. 

If you're not sure what you can and can't do under the new plans, the national four-step roadmap out of lockdown is available on the government website.