The council will be continuing to maintain the town’s parks, fields and green spaces during the coronavirus outbreak.

The current national guidance is very clear and specifies that residents should only leave the house for essential shopping, providing care, travelling to work if absolutely necessary, and to do one form of exercise a day. In the case of Warrington’s parks and green spaces, these can be sensibly enjoyed for people wanting to leave the house for exercise or activity.

Cllr Judith Guthrie, cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “Due to the government’s guidance and restrictions, the upkeep of community spaces that people can safely enjoy is important.

“Our parks will always need some degree of maintenance to make them usable, so whilst the level of support for our parks and green spaces is being scaled back, we are still committed to making sure our residents can take advantage of them, as long as they are social distancing appropriately and adhering to the clear government guidance.

“We also need to make sure that grass in areas such as highways, on roundabouts and pedestrianised routes around town are continually cut and looked after. Not doing so could pose a risk to drivers and people out walking.

Council staff will be out this week and beyond to ensure that fields, playing pitches and parks are maintained. For more information about coronavirus in Warrington and any service changes as a result, please visit warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus