Sutton Council has issued a warning to use parks appropriately otherwise they will be forced to close parks across the borough.

With temperatures in the capital expected to soar to up to 24C this weekend, the council are worried residents will not adhere to social distancing rules.

As a precaution, the council has announced the closures of car parks in Beddington Park, Cheam Park and Oaks Park until Monday morning (May 11).

In a statement posted online, Sutton Council said: "In the current situation, unless people follow social distancing advice, we will have to close parks.

"Social distancing means staying away from all other people - other than those with whom you live in close proximity.

"This is particularly important in our parks - with warmer weather and greater use, we risk putting each other in danger.

"For the early May bank holiday weekend, we’ve made the decision to close car parking areas.

"Please use the parks and open spaces nearest to where you live.

"Please remember that if we are to slow the spread of coronavirus and to save lives, we all need to play our part by following the social distancing guidance.

"This means we can use the parks for our daily exercise, but not for picnics, sunbathing, or groups activities/sports.

"We are constantly monitoring this situation regarding our parks and will follow further Public Health advice as and when it is issued."

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