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Primrose Hill paint job tells people to keep their distance

New Covid-19 warning that parks will close if people gather in groups

10 April, 2020 — By Richard Osley

THE paint-job at the top of Primrose Hill this weekend has a simple message: Stay 2 metres apart.

The warning has been organised by Camden Council and the Royal Parks Agency in a bid to avoid a repeat of last week’s crowd of sunbathers.

Police and council chiefs are concerned that the warm weather over the Easter weekend will prove too tempting for residents desperate to get out of their homes after three weeks of lockdown orders aimed at slowing the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Hundreds of people are now dying every day in the United Kingdom, and the peak of the outbreak has still not been reached. People have been asked to stay indoors except for essential shopping and work, or one form of exercise a a day.

When outside, a distance of two metres must be kept.


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Camden’s environment chief Labour councillor Adam Harrison said: “There are many people risking their lives every day to keep the public safe, so I urge everyone to do their part to save lives and prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect your health and the health of loved ones.”

Tom Jarvis, director of parks at the Royal Parks, said: “The parks are a lifeline for anyone living in London during these times, and our number one priority is to do everything we can to keep them open for people’s physical and mental wellbeing.”

“However, this will only be possible if visitors protect themselves and others by staying 2m apart, not gathering with people outside their household and only using the parks for one form of daily exercise.

He added: “Last weekend we still saw groups of people gathering on the top of Primrose Hill, sunbathing, picnicking and taking in the views of London. This is completely unacceptable as it directly puts others at risk , which is why we’re making our messaging this weekend as big and as visible as possible so there’s no excuse.”

He added: “Whilst most people are doing everything they can to behave well and follow Government guidance, if a minority of visitors continue to flout the rules, we’ll sadly have no choice but to close the park.”

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