Cars queue to enter Herrington Country Park following the easing of lockdown measures

Cars have been pictured queuing to enter Herrington Park as people head outside following the Government’s decision to relax lockdown.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 2:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th May 2020, 3:26 pm

Images captured by an Echo photographer show cars queuing to get into Herrington Park today (Thursday, May 14).

The sunny weather and the easing of lockdown measures by the Government has meant that people are now heading to local beauty spots.

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Cars can be seen queuing to enter Herrington Park.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this week that parks can now be used for leisure – with exercise time also becoming unlimited.

It now means that family members who may not have seen each other during the lockdown period can now meet up.

Sunderland has been one of the hardest hit places in the country with one of the highest levels of coronavirus infection per population in England.

From left: Brothers Oliver and Tom Hotchkiss can be seen social distancing from one another in Herrington Park.

After the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday, Sunderland Council leader Graeme Miller said he wanted to keep pushing the Stay at Home message.

He said: “As far as I’m concerned we won’t be changing anything.

“We cannot do anything about Roker Beach or Herrington Country Park being full of people if the message is now go out and do what you want.

“Stay two metres apart? That will never happen.

“I will ensure everything we do is about that original strong ‘stay home, stay safe, message’.”

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