Quarry Bank Park Closed After “Stupid” People Ignore Coronavirus Lockout

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Stevens Park will be closed for 48 hours from today, with the Dudley Council reviewing the closure after that.

The authority has received several reports of groups of people gathering at the site, flouting government rules during the recent hot weather. The guidelines state that people should only go out for a small number of essential reasons, including exercise, but must always respect restrictions on social distance.

Dudley’s chief executive, Patrick Harley, has received reports that people ignore the rules for staying two meters apart at all times.

The doors to Stevens Park were locked and signs were installed to notify people of the closure.

The doors to Stevens Park have been locked and signs have been installed – as the council will review the measures on Friday

Councilor Harley said, “The people who flout these rules are stupid and put everyone at risk.

“I said before that if people ignored the rules, we would have no choice but to close the parks – which has an even greater impact on people’s lives.

“We just can’t bring people together in big groups – it is putting itself in danger as well as others and will also have an impact on our NHS which is working hard to fight this terrible virus. “

He added, “Fortunately, the vast majority of people are doing their part to help and stay indoors, but I’m sick and tired of others who seem to go out of their way to help spread this virus.

“This closure of one of our parks is not taken lightly.

“People have to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS. If they don’t, other parks will follow. “

The doors to Stevens Park have been locked and signs have been installed – as the council will review the measures on Friday

Himley Hall and Park was recently closed due to similar problems and Councilor Harley warned at the time that other parks would follow if people continued to ignore the guidelines.

Other parks in Dudley are open as normally as they are.

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