Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Parks and open spaces

As part of our response to the coronavirus outbreak we are putting some measures in place to help safeguard the health & safety of everyone using our parks and open spaces. These measures follow national guidance from the UK and Scottish Governments and aim to reduce social contact as much as is possible. They will remain in place until we are advised otherwise by the Government.

Updated 25/5/2020

Responsible public access rights still apply during the COVID - 19 emergency when it is vital that people can exercise in their local area. Core paths around settlements are likely to be used more than usual and must remain open and available for responsible public access.  Access takers must take extra care to ensure they follow the national requirements on social distancing and hygiene. The Council has a statutory duty to uphold access rights and will endeavour to work constructively to encourage good relations with landowners/managers and their wider communities, particularly at this difficult time. Please read our icon policy statement on upholding access rights during COVID-19 [77Kb].

View the icon PKC Covid-19 outdoor access guidance [83Kb].

The Rights of Responsible Access still apply - but please follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and current Government advice:

  • You can now go outside to exercise as often as you like - walk, run or cycle, alone or with members of your household.
  • Stay local.  Please avoid travelling unnecessarily by car to take exercise; please make use of the paths, open spaces and quiet roads in your local area
  • Keep your distance - Stay at least 2m away from people other than your household when out but do call a friendly greeting or give a wave. Cyclists and runners - when passing others please call ahead and be prepared to give way so that social distancing is maintained.
  • Avoid contact - take hygiene precautions when you are outside and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors. Try to avoid touching surfaces and if possible, plan a route that does not require you to open gates.
  • Dogs need to be kept on a lead or under close control, do not let them approach others and as always pick up and remove all waste. 

Respect the health and safety of farmers and others working the land - please follow all reasonable requests and signs to avoid particular areas, such as farmyards, fields with pregnant or young livestock and other busy working areas.

We are aware that our football goals are being used and we ask members of the public that if they wish to use these goals, they do so only with members of their household and obey social distancing guidelines. Please do not use this as an opportunity to gather with other people out with your own house hold. If anyone has any concerns about gatherings, we ask you to report these to the police on their non-emergency number - dial 101.

Play area closures

All public play areas, skateparks and ballcourts will be closed until further notice to help with the national effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  They will be reopened as soon as we receive instructions to say it is safe to do so.  Our Contractors are working their way around the areas disabling basket swings and cableways.  Your cooperation is greatly appreciated during these unprecedented times.

Our public parks are still available for taking daily exercise, however, please do remember that gatherings of more than two are restricted to household members only.

Other paths in your area are available to use, however, please avoid driving and follow the advice to stay local.

Grass cutting

The Council are commencing grass cutting of as many parks and open spaces as possible, using single operator tractor and ride on mower machinery.  This is to help allow people to get exercise locally on a daily basis, whilst maintaining social distancing.  Accessing greenspaces has significant benefits for physical and mental wellbeing and fully supports the national guidance on dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.  If you are accessing your local greenspaces, please follow the national social distancing guidance and do not allow children or teenagers to use play areas, skateparks or ball courts or gather socially, other than in family groups.  These facilities have been closed until further notice.

The OAP garden maintenance scheme will also commence to ensure that those self-isolating are able to get out into their gardens to benefit from fresh air.  We would ask that householders strictly follow the social distancing guidance and stay inside while our crews are undertaking work in their gardens.

Cemeteries

Grass cutting within cemeteries is being carried out using single operator tractor and ride on mower machinery.  This means that there will be some areas left uncut and the cemetery may look untidy. 

North Inch Golf Course

We are pleased to be re-opening the North Inch Golf Course on Friday 29th May.  During these initial stages of reopening a number of rules and regulations have been introduced to ensure a safe environment for our golfers and our staff.

To access the golf course a player MUST:

  • Not be displaying any Covid19 symptoms
  • Not be in self isolation
  • Not have been out of the country in the last 14 days
  • Have a pre-reserved tee time booking on our online system or telephone.  No play can be allowed unless pre-booked.

For full guidance please visit www.northinchgolf.co.uk/covid-19.

Please be considerate of each other.  Golfers need to be aware that the public have a right to be there and be mindful of that before playing their shots and members of the public are asked to take extra care when taking their daily exercise at the North Inch and be mindful that golf play has now resumed.  The course will be intensively used for play and there will be hazards that weren't present during recent weeks while the course has been closed. 

  • allow players to play their shot before crossing the fairway;
  • be still when close to a player about to play;
  • follow paths where they exist; and
  • keep your dog on a short lead.

The public need to remember that it is a golf course as well as a park. Special rules apply to golf courses and further guidance can be found in the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

PKC pitches

Due to the current covid-19 restriction Perth & Kinross Council pitches are not available for use by clubs or teams at the present time.  We will update this page when Scottish Government restrictions are relaxed, subject also to further guidance from the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Rugby.

Events in parks and open spaces

Following current government advice there must be no gatherings of any sort for an initial 3 week period to 13/04/20. This will be reviewed nationally after that.  Beyond that the national guidance is that there should be no events with 500 or more people attending, and the Council have been asking all organisers of such events on Council sites, to postpone or cancel them over an ongoing 2 month rolling period.  This will also be kept under review in light of any further national guidance.

If you have an event planned in one of our parks or greenspaces and want to discuss how this will affect you, please contact us via parkevents@pkc.gov.uk.

Allotments and Food Growing spaces

If using an allotment or food growing space, please follow the icon latest government guidelines [403Kb].