Merton Bans Barbecues In Local Parks

Fears they encourage large groups to gather

Wimbledon Park

With temperatures soaring in London, many people will be planning on spending time in one of Merton’s 53 parks.

But any plans for a barbecue in the park will have to be put on hold as Merton Council has temporarily banned barbecues in all of the borough's parks.

The ban will be in place until further notice as the council states that barbecues encourage large groups to gather.

The Prime Minister announced that groups of six people could meet outdoors, including in private gardens from yesterday (June 1).

But nobody should visit public parks if they have any coronavirus symptoms, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

A council spokesperson said: “Please enjoy your barbecue food at home. Barbecues are temporarily banned in all of our parks until further notice as it encourages groups to gather when people should only meet one other person from outside their household. Help us to keep everyone safe in our parks.”

Since May 13 an easing of the lockdown rules meant that tennis courts were opened up and people were allowed to sit for picnics and drive to parks.

But playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed.

By Tara O'Connor, Local Democracy Reporter

June 2, 2020