Doncaster's cemeteries open again and Cusworth Park also set to re-open

Doncaster’s cemeteries and graveyards are now open again and the town’s Cusworth Park is set to re-open after a change in coronavirus lockdown rules.

By Darren Burke
Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 9:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 3:54 pm

The authority closed all its cemeteries earlier in lockdown but after the Government announced at the weekend that graveyards could stay open, the council has now reversed its decision and unlocked the gates at the majority of the town’s cemeteries.

However, in accordance with the law, Rose Hill Crematorium and Cemetery will remain closed other than for funerals.

Planning is also underway to re-open Cusworth Hall Park for pedestrians.

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Cusworth Park is set to reopen but the Hall itself will stay closed.

However, the car park, its playground and the facilities at Cusworth Hall will remain closed.

All Doncaster’s parks are open but any play equipment, Multi-Use Game Areas (MUGAs) and sports courts across the borough continue to be closed.

Users are also being reminded to respect rules on social distancing and keeping two metres away from others at all times.

Many councils and authorities across the country had come under fire for closing parks and cemeteries, with relatives feeling it left them unable to pay their respects at a loved one’s grave.

Under the current lockdown rules the public can go outdoors, either in the city or in the countryside, to exercise, which includes running, cycling, walking, practising yoga and attending an allotment.

While police guidelines say exercising more than once a day is likely to be reasonable, it gives officers discretion in deciding whether repeated exercise on the same day "can be considered a 'reasonable excuse' for leaving home".