National lockdown: parks and leisure update

The government announced on Monday 4 January, following a rapid increase in Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection, there will be a new national lockdown.

Government guidance is to Stay at Home. You must not leave, or be outside of your home, except where necessary.

See the latest information on leisure, parks and markets.

Victoria Park

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A statement on the use of Victoria Park during Covid-19

National lockdown: parks and leisure update

The government announced on Monday 4 January, following a rapid increase in Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection, that there will be a new national lockdown. The instruction is to Stay at Home.

You must not leave, our be outside of your home, except where necessary.

The complete guidance can be found here.

How does this impact parks and leisure?

The impact of the new lockdown impacts parks and leisure in the following ways:

  • Indoor gyms – CLOSED
  • Outdoor gyms – CLOSED (please do not unwrap or use outdoor gyms)
  • Tennis courts – CLOSED
  • Basketball courts - CLOSED
  • Sports facilities – CLOSED
  • Swimming pools – CLOSED
  • Angling - NOT ALLOWED
  • Golf courses – CLOSED
  • Cafes – TAKE AWAY ONLY (please do not gather)
  • Markets – CLOSED
  • Team sports – NOT ALLOWED

Please use the following responsibly and follow government current guidance.

  • Parks – OPEN (please try your best to avoid busy areas/overcrowding)
  • Playgrounds – OPEN (wash your hands before/after use)
  • Public toilets - OPEN (wash your hands before/after use and cover your face)

You can exercise outside in a public place (but minimise the time spent outside your home):

  • by yourself
  • with people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with ONE person from a different household (including personal trainers)

When around others, stay TWO METRES apart from anyone not in your household. Where this is not possible, stay ONE METRE apart and take extra precautions (such as wearing a face covering).

Please refer to guidance for the latest detail: When you can leave home; Exercising and meeting other people; Where and when you can meet in larger groups; Sports and physical activity; and, Coronavirus (Covid-19): Meeting with others safely (social distancing).

Stay safe. Thank you for your patience and support.

Opening hours

Victoria Park is open as normal - from 7am until dusk, daily.

Safety measures for Victoria Park

In addition to regular patrols by our parks team, Tower Hamlets enforcement officers (THEOs) and the police, there have been several new safety measures introduced which are clearly signposted in the park, outlined as follows:

  • Always maintain a social distance from other visitors
  • Considerate cycling is allowed – do not travel too fast or too close to others 
  • Give way to people exiting the park
  • Keep left on pathways and avoid narrow ones
  • We recommend dogs are kept on a lead to support effective social distancing
  • Anyone who enters Victoria Park when it is locked does so at their own risk

If you have coronavirus symptoms, stay at home.

Failure to follow these new safety measures and guidelines

The health and safety of residents remains our priority and failure to follow social distancing could result a fine or closure of the park. It is vital that the small minority who break the law do not jeopardise our borough and the nation’s recovery.