Coronavirus - advice on visiting our parks
During the pandemic, parks and green spaces have been an increasingly popular destination for people to visit.
People are reminded not to meet in large groups at Sandwell Valley Country Park, other parks and open spaces across the borough's six towns to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Visitors to Sandwell's parks and open spaces are also urged to observe social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others, and help save lives.
From 29 March 2021, under the Government’s rules:
- you are able to meet outdoors either in a group of six (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include existing support bubbles, if eligible)
- you are able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
- childcare and supervised activities are allowed outdoors for all children
- formally organised parent and child groups are able to take place outdoors for up to 15 attendees. Children aged under five will not be not counted in this number
We would just ask everyone: please, stick to the latest government rules, keep social distancing and don't meet in large groups to help prevent the spread of infection. And if it looks really busy, please consider coming back another time or choosing another of our many green spaces.
The council is working alongside West Midlands Police to carry out patrols at Sandwell Valley and other parks and green spaces.
People who aren't following the Government rules face being fined by the police. People can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.