Updated: Apr 21, 2020
Himley Park is to re-open tomorrow, with visitors being warned to follow government rules on social distancing or risk the gates being shut again.
The grounds of Himley Hall were closed last month after crowds gathered at the beauty spot, flouting government social distancing guidelines.
But following government advice over the weekend for parks to be open for people to enjoy daily exercise, the council has today reviewed the closure, with the gates once again set to re-open to visitors tomorrow (Tuesday April 21).
Government rules are very clear that people should only head outdoors for essential reasons, such as exercise, and they should always follow social distancing restrictions, remaining at least two metres apart from others.
Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of the council, said:
"We want all our parks to be open so people have somewhere to go for fresh air and exercise.
"The decision to close Himley park was not taken lightly and we hope that once re-opened tomorrow, visitors will follow the clear government rules around social distancing and remain at least two metres apart from others.
"If people follow the advice, we will all be doing what we can to defend ourselves from this terrible outbreak.
"This decision to open the park again will be kept under review and if people flout the very clear government rules, I will not hesitate to reconsider.
"People need to stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS."