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Cycling in Richmond Park will be suspended until further notice from Saturday 28th March to support social distancing guidelines as set out by the government to stay 2m apart and to prevent crowds at park gates which are becoming hugely congested says The Royal Parks, the charity which manages London’s eight Royal Parks.

A Royal Parks spokesperson, said: “It is necessary to suspend all cycling in Richmond Park to protect public safety and ultimately help keep this vital green space open for everyone. Cycling is still permitted in the other Royal Parks, where there is no current evidence of congestion.

“We’re continuously monitoring the situation and intervening where appropriate, with the support of the police, to reduce congestion in all areas across all our parks. Many Parks are closing across the UK because people aren’t following the Government’s guidelines and people are gathering in groups of more than two. We really want to keep our eight Parks open across London as they are such important green spaces for those that can reach them safely for daily exercise and to walk in nature.”

NHS workers with their staff passes and key workers approved by the Government going directly to or returning from their place of work can also cycle through the Richmond Park upon presenting documentation from their employers. Those aged 12 years and under can also continue to cycle in the park.

The Royal Parks is appealing to everyone to please remain at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart from each other and there must be no gatherings of more than 2 people outside your immediate household at all times – that includes no groups of people cycling, walking or jogging, no group picnics and no sitting on a bench next to someone outside your household. Dogs must be kept on leads in all of London's eight Royal Parks and associated spaces.

Thank you to everyone who is following these rules but if they continue to be disregarded we will have no choice but to close.

ENDS

For media enquiries contact The Royal Parks press office on 0300 061 2128 or press@royalparks.org.uk



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