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A local council revealed a photograph of cars lined up outside a country park in Co Armagh just a day after restrictions were relaxed

A local council revealed a photograph of cars lined up outside a country park in Co Armagh just a day after restrictions were relaxed

A local council revealed a photograph of cars lined up outside a country park in Co Armagh just a day after restrictions were relaxed

Forest and public parks will be closed again if people do not abide by restrictions, officials have warned.

It comes as a local council revealed a photograph of cars lined up outside a country park in Co Armagh just a day after restrictions were relaxed.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council reminded people of their responsibilities after posting the image on its social media platforms, which showed the hard shoulder on the edge of Gosford Park, Markethill, lined with parked cars yesterday morning. The council said yesterday: "Our parks are open for pedestrian access only.

"Residents are asked to please adhere to the social distancing measures and guidance in place.

"All car parks are closed. People are advised not to travel to parks at this time."

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs said if people continue to ignore restrictions a further closure of parks was inevitable.

"Limited pedestrian access to forest and country parks is to facilitate exercise for those who live in the vicinity of the parks," it said.

"We would continue to urge people not to drive to access the parks or undertake any unnecessary travel and to minimise the amount of time spent outside of their home as restrictions remain in place to protect everyone and reduce the spread of Covid-19.

"The limited opening of the parks is being kept under review.

"Indeed, Minister Poots has publicly said that he would keep pedestrian access under review and that he would not hesitate to close the parks if people didn't abide by the current rules.

"People should not become complacent."

Belfast Telegraph