PARKS and cemeteries MUST stay open and close family should be able to attend funerals to make the coronavirus lockdown more bearable, it was announced tonight. Local government Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed he had “made it clear” to councils that all parks should remain open “for the health of the nation” during the pandemic crisis. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates Speaking in the Downing Street briefing tonight, Mr Jenrick said: “While the virus does not discriminate, we know that the lockdown is much harder for people who don’t have a lot of living space or for people who don’t have a garden.” But he warned people must abide by social-distancing rules, and not congregate in the green spaces. And he said “small mercies can make a difference” as he clarified guidelines around funerals. Currently, only close family members are permitted to attend services.He pointed to the death of 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, from Brixton, with the youngster buried alone after dying from coronavirus. Mr Jenrick said: “That is not right and it shouldn’t have happened. “For clarity, funerals can go ahead with close family present. “Social distancing measures must be respected, but families must… Read full this story
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