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Hampshire country parks open this bank holiday and half-term

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Hampshire country parks open this bank holiday and half-term

Published by Lettie Buxton at 4:51pm 22nd May 2020.

Country park car parks in Hampshire remain open to visitors this bank holiday weekend and half-term holiday.

When restrictions on outdoor activities were reduced last week, Hampshire’s country parks responded with a managed re-opening of car parks and toilets.

Hampshire County Council has said that most visitors are currently acting responsibly and continuing to follow social distancing guidance.

Councillor Seán Woodward, executive member for recreation and heritage at the county council, said they want Hampshire residents to be able to enjoy the countryside on their doorstep:

"That’s why Hampshire County Council re-opened car parks and toilet facilities at its country park locations last week, following a robust risk assessment process.

"All other catering and visitor services facilities currently remain closed. 

"Our country park car parks operated well last weekend, and all within the capacity limit imposed through the risk assessment, which we are able implement through an ANPR system.

"By far the majority of people behaved both sensibly and in a good humoured fashion, they were pleased to be able to visit locally, and appreciated the precautions being taken by our staff and the measures in place which included clear signs and advance communications. 

"We will continue to closely monitor the situation as the weather warms up, and further restrictions are eased nationally.

"A large proportion of trips to Hampshire County Council’s country parks as well as other venues in Hampshire, are made by local Hampshire residents and, at the moment, we can say that visitors seem happy to follow the guidance, are acting responsibly for their safety and those of others, and we are happy to welcome them back."

All country parks (excluding Staunton Farm and Manor Farm attractions) are operating normal opening hours and normal parking rates. 

But, people are being encouraged to visit outside the peak hours of 11am to 2pm.

Toilets are open but cafés, shops, visitor centres and play areas remain closed, in line with current government guidance.