East Lothian’s coastal car parks and children’s play areas are to close temporarily with immediate effect.

The decision was taken due to the escalating challenges posed by the Coronavirus outbreak, the need to ensure appropriate social distancing between individuals and to reduce the risk of cross-infection from contact surfaces.
Monica Patterson, Chief Executive of East Lothian Council, said:
“From the outset of the Coronavirus outbreak, we have been clear about the need to follow national health and government advice.
“Although we appreciate that the coastal car parks are popular with those who enjoy our fantastic local beaches – particularly during good weather – there are concerns about this presenting difficulty for people following social distancing advice at busy times. It’s essential that people avoid gatherings at this time and keep two metres away from other people. Advice against non-essential travel is also in place.
“Due to the risk of cross-infection from contact surfaces, we have also reluctantly made the decision to temporarily close the council’s children’s play areas. This relates specifically to areas with play equipment rather than larger parks/open spaces which have play areas within them.
“While we appreciate people will be disappointed, we believe these decisions are in the best interests of everyone’s health and wellbeing as we respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by this outbreak.”
The closure will also apply to the toilet and showering facilities at the car parks.
The council is also urging people not to travel to access open space and/or coastal areas outwith the town or village they reside in as this could speed up the spread of the virus area to area.
Social distancing is key. Everyone should avoid congregating in large groups and stay at least two metres apart from others at all times.
We would urge young people and their parents/carers to be conscious of this.
We would also remind residents that enjoyleisure facilities throughout East Lothian are currently closed – from today this will include all 3G pitches that are fenced off. 
Published: Monday, 23rd March 2020