Parks and gardens, public toilets, play areas and beach huts in East Devon have been shut in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.
District council bosses have made the move to follow government guidance on social distancing.
They say the closure will also help to ‘key frontline services’ – such as rubbish collections – running in the face of staff shortages.
With restrictions on our own staffing, this will also mean we can continue to provide other key frontline services for the time being, such as litter collection and kerbside recycling and waste collections…
Green and bulky waste services have been temporarily suspended, but planning and building control remains open for business as construction continues.
An EDDC spokesperson said: “Following government guidance on social distancing, we have closed our parks and gardens, play areas, public toilets and provision of beach huts and sites to help restrict the spread of coronavirus.
“We’ve been closely following government advice and this is the responsible thing to do to help with our country’s response to coronavirus.
“With restrictions on our own staffing, this will also mean we can continue to provide other key frontline services for the time being, such as litter collection and kerbside recycling and waste collections.
“We urge people to stay local, avoid non-essential travel and observe social distancing.”
The council says that, where sites cannot be closed – such as beaches and nature reserves – it is reminding people to respect the Government’s social distancing and hygiene guidance.
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