Some council-run sports facilities are set to re-open – but come with clear warnings to use them responsibly.
In line with Government guidance, Portsmouth City Council will be reopening selected sports courts and facilities.
The new approach set out by Government allows people to spend leisure time outdoors, meet one other person from a different household while following social distancing guidelines and use outdoor sports facilities. Other activities that are permitted include open water sports and visiting garden centres.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “The vast majority of people in Portsmouth continue to abide by the national guidance – and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the rules to heart.
“I know how important open spaces are for people’s physical and emotional wellbeing, so I would urge people to use the spaces we have available in Portsmouth, including the waterfront, responsibly. We all need to continue to follow the rules in order to keep people safe.
“We’ll be monitoring the situation very closely. If it seems that people are breaching the guidance and putting others in danger, we will have to look again at whether these facilities can remain open.”
From Wednesday 13 May, the following sports facilities will be open:
- Free to access tennis courts – Cosham Park, Drayton Park and Milton Park – to avoid queues forming, from 14 May people should book in advance and turn up just before their session. To book visit www.portsmouth.gov.uk and search ‘tennis’
- Sports courts – are being opened across the city
People are only permitted to take part in activities alone, with members of their household, or with one other person from outside their household, while practising social distancing. Signage explaining the rules will be put up in these areas.
Under the updated guidelines play parks, play equipment and outdoor gyms must not be used. Adventure playgrounds will remain closed.
More sites will also be re-opening in the coming weeks. The latest information can be found on the council’s dedicated coronavirus pages.
There are a number of other outdoor sports facilities in Portsmouth operated by organisations other than the council. Residents are encouraged to check directly with those providers before visiting or attempting to use facilities.
If people think they see activity that breaches social distancing guidelines, they can report it to the police using their online form.
If people think a business is operating in a way it shouldn’t be, people can report it to us using this form.