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Coronavirus West Berkshire: Greenham Common car park closed off by police

Move is to deter the public from non-essential driving

Jonathan Ashby

Jonathan Ashby


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Coronavirus West Berkshire: Greenham Common car park closed off by police

THE main car park at Greenham Common has been closed off by police in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

At around 2.30pm this afternoon (Friday), the police were seen at the Burys Bank Road car park telling walkers not to drive their cars up to the common.

Instead, they must walk from their homes.

The police then closed the gate, before heading to the smaller Pyle Hill car park for Greenham Common.

Although the Government's instructions allow for outdoor exercise once per day, driving somewhere to exercise is deemed non-essential.

The other reasons people are allowed to leave their homes are to shop for essential items, a medical need or to travel to and from essential work.

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  • grumbert

    27/03/2020 - 16:32

    This really makes very little sense, the chance of spreading/catching corona virus is far more elevated walking the dogs in residential areas where there is less room to avoid social contact. Furthermore we’ve had our local MP claim it was ok to take a short drive to exercise or walk the dogs. Lastly I have read all the legislation regarding the corona virus and travel for exercise is not forbidden by law. In fact there is this “ However, the Guardian checked with the Cabinet Office, which is overseeing restrictions on movement, and a spokeswoman confirmed that the guidelines did not prohibit driving somewhere for exercise or dog walking.”