Barnet Council’s leader has urged people to continue to follow the rules designed to stop the spread of coronavirus as the country gets ready for another weekend of warm weather.

With temperatures expected to reach 25C on Saturday, Cllr Dan Thomas reminded residents heading outdoors to follow social distancing guidelines.

On Thursday (May 28), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a further easing of lockdown restrictions – but the new guidelines do not take effect until Monday.

Cllr Dan Thomas, leader of Barnet Council, said: “We want everyone to be able to enjoy our parks during the lovely sunny weather. But if you’re heading outside, please continue to follow the rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“You can now use our parks for reading, picnics, sunbathing and other activities – as long as you stay two metres apart from anyone outside of your own household.

“You can meet one other person from outside your own household, but you must still stay two metres apart. Our basketball and tennis courts have now reopened – but the same rules apply for when you’re using these.

“Our outdoor gyms, playgrounds and public toilets remain closed – please do not use them. These facilities are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 contagion. Once you return home, please wash your hands thoroughly and for at least 20 seconds to protect yourself and your household from Covid-19.”