Curfew imposed on all parks in Oadby & Wigston

Oadby & Wigston County Council has imposed a curfew on all its parks starting from tomorrow (17 September).

The curfew will be in place between 5pm and 7am each day and will be patrolled by council officials. Those breaching the curfew may be prosecuted and fined £100.

The council is desperately trying to fend off a second wave of coronavirus after the borough’s rates have risen sharply.

However some residents have questioned the wisdom of closing the park before 7am, with some people enjoy an early morning walk when the park is less busy.

Latest data shows the borough has the second highest infection rate in the country, with a rate of 115 cases for every 100,000 people. The national average stands at around 33 per 100,000. In addition, the positive test rate is over 6% – double the national average.

The council said: “The current outbreak of Covid-19 is not down to one factor or organisation. This outbreak is across all communities and age groups and not down to a single cause. The common link in all of this is people.”

The council added:  “If cases don’t fall, and quickly, there is the potential that further local restrictions will be introduced.”

The Council has also set up a further Mobile Testing Unit at Launceston Road for residents who have Covid-19 symptoms. Residents can book a test via the website.