Covid-19 – Guidance for Parks and Green Space Managers

Updated 6th October 2020

We update this page regularly in line with the latest government guidance and advice from other relevant bodies. We are working closely with land managers, the GLA and London Councils to provide consistent messaging for the use of parks/green spaces and the provision of services, during the pandemic. 

We recommend the following guidance be conveyed to park users:

  • Stay alert to stop the spread of coronavirus,  you must still follow government guidelines
  • Do not enter a park if you have any symptoms – fever, coughs, shortness of breath or are self-isolating (you may wish to provide park users with links to NHS information– given below)
  • Always keep at safe distance from anyone outside your household:
    • Use all areas of the park (that are open) and spread out
    • If the park is crowded, do not enter if you cannot stay at a safe distance from others
  • Do not meet in groups of more than six people if from different households 
  • Do not use closed facilities
  • Be aware that contact points such as gates, park benches are not sanitised
  • You are advised to keep your dog on a lead, to ensure you can keep a safe distance from others.
  • Make sure you dispose of litter and dog mess in bins provided or take it home with you
  • Follow hygiene advice when you are outside, avoid touching surfaces (such as benches) and wash your hands as soon as you are back home (you may wish to provide park users links to Public Health England Advice on hygiene – given below)


As lockdown restrictions are have eased and parks facilities are now able to re-open and volunteer activities resume; we have produced guidance to assist you with these issues: 

Re-opening cafes & ice cream van concession in parks (updated 3rd June 2020)

Covid-19 – guidance for re-opening public toilets – updated 3rd June 2020

EXAMPLE Risk Assessment: Visitor use of Parks and Cemeteries Public Toilets during Covid-19 [produced by LB Bexley May 2020]

Example of Risk Assessment:

Rugby Borough Council – Covid-19 RA – Play areas- outdoor gyms (doc 1 of 2)

Rugby Borough Council – Review Process for consideration against government guidance (doc 2 of 2)

We will be adding useful links regularly to this page to please do keep checking in.

Links to Government Guidance:

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Working safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19) in construction and other outdoor work

Guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England.

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

Safer Public Places – Urban Centres and Green Spaces This guidance provides land manager’s with information and examples of measures that may be undertaken to adapt and manage greenspaces in order to help social distancing and may be of interest.

Working safely during the Coronavirus – the Visitor Economy

Other useful links for further advice/resources:

FAQ’s on the Return of Sport and Activity, Sport England

Ramblers – How to Restart Activities in a Covid-secure Way

Park Run- Covid-19 Framework

PHE report – Covid-19 understanding the impact on BAME communities

KBT FREE Litter Campaign Resources

CFP Report – Managing Public Parks During Covid-19

Skateboard England – Guidelines for Skateboarders

Skateboard England – Guidelines Signage

Advice provided by the Mayor of London

Coronavirus – NHS Advice and Information

Public Health England – Coronavirus guidance

Advice and guidance for attending allotments

Ensure that appropriate signage is clearly visible at allotment sites covering:

  • Do not visit your allotment if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating
  • Maintain a distance from others outside your household/support bubble
  • *You can visit your allotment with members of your household
  • *You can visit your allotment with people outside your household (though not in groups of more than six people) but MUST maintain social distancing. It is still advisable to limit contact with those outside your household.
  • Note: *unless restricted by your allotment authority
  • Visits to allotments are not time restricted
  • Keep hand sanitiser with you, use before and after touching any gates/locks or similar
  • Wash your hands with hand sanitiser regularly – ideally take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels with you
  • Do not wash your hands in the water tanks
  • Avoid touching your mouth and face
  • Do not share tools or other items with fellow plot holder
  • Wash your hands when you get home

You may wish to direct plot holders to detailed information given by the NHS about coronavirus symptoms (see above) and those in high risk groups and detailed advice given by the National Allotment Society

NAS Covid-19 Guidance