TAMESIDE residents are being urged to stay safe at home this Easter weekend and not to drive anywhere for their daily exercise.
The council and police are working together to carry out regular patrols of local parks and green spaces to ensure social distancing measures are being observed.
People are being asked not to drive to local beauty spots, such as Werneth Low and Stamford Park, but instead explore countryside on their doorsteps for their exercise. They are also being reminded to only use parks for exercise and not for meeting friends, picnics or sunbathing. All facilities in parks – including playgrounds and toilets – are closed.
Additionally, while remaining at home, residents are asked to keep waste to a minimum and not carry out jobs or DIY that will create more waste to dispose of. While the council continues to aim to run a full bin collection service – including over the bank holiday- all Household Waste and Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester remain closed until further notice.
The council has doubled its capacity to investigate and deal with fly-tipped waste and is continuing to issue fixed penalty notices and start legal proceedings against offenders.
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “I want to thank residents for respecting social distancing measures in our parks and countryside – despite some rumours to the contrary on social media, we’ve found our parks to be largely very quiet and being used responsibly.
“However the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and potentially good weather may tempt people to venture out. Please, I urge you, to stay at home – protect yourselves, protect your family and loved ones and help to save lives. We all have to be in this together to make the difference that’s needed to fight this pandemic.
“Remember your daily exercise needs to be within walking distance of your home so explore the countryside, parks and green spaces you can reach from your own doorstep. Cars should only be used for essential journeys only.
“We’ll be working with the police to patrol parks and beauty spots to ensure everyone is respecting these guidelines.
“Finally, while at home please don’t do any jobs that will create any additional waste. Our bin crews are working their socks off to run as full a service as possible and they will be working over the bank holiday. However, they are being slowed down by having to collect over twice as much waste as usual. Please help them by keeping waste to a minimum.
“Thanks everyone for working with us – this is a collective community effort and I’m proud of the positive Tameside response to these unprecedented times.”