A COUNCIL has decided to tighten its Covid measures after finding an increase in visitors not following social distancing rules.

Maldon District Council is implementing the new restrictions in Promenade Park to protect the community and reduce infection rates.

The park is a popular destination and the council has observed visitors travelling across towns and villages, which is against Covid rules.

These measures will include: 

  • Increased signage throughout the Park to remind everyone of the rules;
  • A requirement for kiosk holders to manage their takeaway customers and minimise the risk of transmission of the virus when people are queuing;
  • A requirement for people not to congregate, mix with other households and to maintain two meters apart at all times;
  • Supporting Essex Police with more frequent patrols in the park, with officers taking action if they see breaches;
  • The closure of play sites located only in Promenade Park from today (January 15).

The council has decided not to close the car park as it would only move the traffic into residential areas.

Council leader Wendy Stamp said: “I believe we have taken some sensible measures to try and reduce the numbers visiting Promenade Park.

“The decision not to close the car park at this current time will ensure that the surrounding roads do not suffer the inconvenience this would inevitably cause.”