Renewed calls for people to 'stay at home' after huge crowds spotted in parks over the weekend

Hundreds of cars were parked at Roundhay Park in Leeds

Beauty spots and local parks in the region were packed with people over the weekend, as the sunny weather proved too tempting for some/

Current Government restrictions mean that people should not leave home to meet socially with anyone they do not live with or are not in a support bubble with.

However, pictures from Roundhay Park in Leeds over the weekend, show huge crowds and long queues - suggesting that some may be flouting the rules.

Cars were bumper to bumper on roads that led to the 700 acre park in Leeds. Roundhay Park is one of the most popular attractions in the city, especially when the sun is shining.

Large queues towards Roundhay Park, Leeds

Police are urging people to respect coronavirus restrictions after hundreds of people gathered at the site.

The car park at Roundhay Park was jam packed

Large groups also descended upon Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park. Pictures show how people gathered for picnics, despite lockdown rules.

Bins were left overflowing with bottles and boxes of alcohol and park staff are now having to spend the day cleaning up.

Crowds gathered at Woodhouse Moor

Sue Buckle, Friend of Woodhouse Moor member expressed her frustration over the scenes:


Under current coronavirus restrictions people cannot leave home to meet socially with anyone they do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

From March 8, one-on-one meetings in outdoor, public spaces will be allowed – so you could meet a friend from another household in the park for a coffee, for example.