Victoria Park is open

Safety measures are in place at Victoria Park, please read before you visit. Our hours are 7am to dusk, seven days a week.

► You must follow social distancing guidelines

If you, or anyone in your household, has Covid-19 symptoms - stay at home.

Victoria Park

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

Due to the new government guidelines from November 5, the following changes are being made in parks. 

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, one  person from another household. 

Outdoor public spaces include parks. Children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

  • Playgrounds are open
  • Cafés are open for takeaway only.
  • Victoria Park market will remain open for the sale of food and hot food takeaways
  • Football pitches will be closed. No new bookings will be taken.
  • Bowling Clubs are closed
  • Tennis courts are closed
  • Skate parks are closed
  • Cricket nets are closed
  • Outdoor gyms should not be used

 

We update our guidance regularly in response to new government guidance. 

If you, or anyone in your household has symptoms, you should all stay at home.

Before you visit, please read information on our safety measures. You'll also find the answers to some of the common questions we have been receiving.

Please enjoy our parks responsibly. Try to travel on foot or by bike where you can and only by car if essential, containing only members of your own household.

Stay safe. Thank you for your patience and support.  

Opening hours

Victoria Park is now open as normal - from 7am (east and west) 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.

Visitors must follow government guidance

It is still very important that people stay home unless necessary to go out for specific reasons set out in law.

All new regulations are still subject to social distancing rules.

For further information, you can read our coronavirus frequently asked questions and the government’s staying alert and safe (social distancing) guidance.

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.

 

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Victoria Park is now open as normal - from 7am (east and west) until dusk, daily.

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The council has developed a number of control measures to ensure the safe reopening of the park - an essential move to support the mental health and wellbeing of residents during this time. However, the health and safety of residents will remain a priority and failure to comply with these measures and the government’s guidance on access to green space and social distancing could result in fines or closure of the park.

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For your health, and the health of others, safe operation of the park is subject to having the right number of staff available. Due to circumstances beyond our control, opening the park may not always be possible and we may need to close the west side of the park, or the entire park, at short notice.

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Yes. Blue badge holders have access to Lido car park (eastern side), Gore Road Gate entrance (west side) and blue badge vehicles are permitted to drive and park on main carriages.

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Considerate cycling is allowed – do not travel too fast or too close to others. Always maintain social distance and use the widest paths, avoiding narrow paths, where possible. 

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Yes. Alone or with members of your household.

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Toilets are open from 12 noon to an hour before closing.

Cafes have re-opened. The water fountains have been shut off.

Our risk assessments and annual safety inspections are complete and our playgrounds are now open with restrictions in place.

There is currently no water play in any of our playgrounds.

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Yes. We have developed several new control measures, which are clearly signposted.

However, the health and safety of residents remains our priority and failure to comply with these measures and the government’s guidance on access to green space and social distancing could result in fines or closure of the park.

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Victoria Park will be regularly patrolled by our parks team, Tower Hamlets enforcement officers (THEOs) and the police.

New control measures are outlined above.

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We recommend dogs are kept on a lead to support effective social distancing.

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The government has introduced higher fines for those who do not comply, to reflect the increased risk to others of breaking the rules as we begin to ease the restrictions, and people return to work. If the police believe that you have broken the law – or if you refuse to follow their instructions enforcing the law – a police officer may issue you with a fixed penalty notice for £100 (reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days). If you have already received a fixed penalty notice, the amount will increase to £200 and double on each further repeat offence, up to a maximum of £3,200.

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We want to keep the park open. Visitors must comply, otherwise they risk being fined and will be responsible for the park closing again. 

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Other councils are not unique in their duty to promote and defend public health, the same as Tower Hamlets. Similar control measures have been introduced across London, and the country. Other councils have also been forced to close, then reopen, their parks in response to visitors ignoring government guidance on social distancing – including the London boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and Hammersmith & Fulham, to name a few.

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Local authorities manage their parks, not the government. We would like our parks to stay open too, but they must be open and operated safely – we will never compromise on this, and it clearly remains our priority too, for as long as coronavirus is a public health threat.

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Group activities are allowed with members of your household or as a group of up to six people total from any number of households. You must perform activities/play games in a way that maintains a safe social distance from others.

Gatherings of more than six people are still prohibited by law unless the gathering is of a group of people who live together in the same household.

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Yes. Static exercise is allowed (ie Pilates, yoga, weights) if you are alone, with other people from your household, or in a group of six people total that is observing social distancing. Group activities or organised sessions are not allowed.

 

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You can meet one other person from outside your household if you are outdoors. Public gatherings of more than two people, unless you live with them, are still prohibited by law. There are no limits on gatherings in the park with members of your household.

You can gather outdoors. Social distancing guidelines should be observed.

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You may picnic alone, with other people from your household, or with six people only from other households whilst maintaining social distance.

You can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) including meeting with different households at different times. However you should still socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.

Barbecues, gazebos and marquees are not permitted at Victoria Park or any other park in Tower Hamlets.

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Yes, you can park in the Lido Car Park or St Marks Car Park. You shouldn’t travel with someone outside of your household unless you can practice social distancing - for example by cycling. You must only travel in a car with members of your own household.
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Yes. Our courts are open by appointment only, visit Tower Hamlets Tennis for further information: http://www.towerhamletstennis.org.uk/

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Angling permitted on the east lake only, with one household or one person per jetty.

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Our cricket nets will be open again from Tuesday 19 May. You may use them with people from your household or with one other person only who is not from your household, whilst maintaining social distance.

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