Trial reopening of tennis courts in Newcastle’s parks

Urban Green Newcastle will begin a trial reopening of its tennis courts following the relaxation of lockdown guidance from central government.

Clear instruction on the safe use of tennis courts has been provided on site to ensure park users can carry out social distancing and help prevent the spread of infection.

James Cross, CEO of Urban Green Newcastle, said: “I know many people are keen to get back out on our tennis courts so we’re working very hard to make sure these sites are safe for the public to use.

“We’ve developed new signage that has been placed at the entrances of each court detailing who can safely use them at this time. Presently only members of the same household, and two individuals from different households carrying out social distancing, can play tennis on our courts.

“We’ve also also added additional guidance from the Lawn Tennis Association on the safe use of equipment and how to carry out social distancing on court.

“Urban Green Newcastle staff will regularly monitor sites and if we feel they not being used in a safe and responsible way, we will be forced to close them again. I’d urge anyone visiting our parks to please follow the guidance in place as it’s there to protect everyone.”

After conducting a range of safety and public health assessments, including taking advice from Newcastle City Council, Urban Green Newcastle has taken the decision to keep all basketball courts and mixed use games areas closed to the public. Government has advised these sites can open, but only if they can be used safely.

James continued: “Once we’re confident these areas pose no risk people’s safety, they will begin to reopen. Right now, we don’t feel it’s possible for people to carry our effective social distancing.”

Playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gym equipment also remain closed.

For further information on visiting Newcastle’s parks and allotments during the coronavirus outbreak, click here.