Pictures show Woodhouse Moor packed with sun seekers as 'awful' rubbish is left 'everywhere'

Some Leeds residents have expressed their concern after groups of people were out in the sunshine on Woodhouse Moor this week.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 4:45 pm
Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park (photos: Sean Richardson)

Leeds residents have angrily taken to Twitter after large amounts of people were seen to be enjoying the sun in the Hyde Park area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Pictures from earlier in the week show people sitting and standing on the Moor in groups.

Another picture from today (Thursday) shows the rubbish that was left on the park's grass following the warmer weather.

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The park was packed during the sunshine this week (photo: Sean Richardson)

One Twitter user dubbed the popularity of Woodhouse Moor as 'Coronafest '21' and tweeted: "Here we go again, Coronafest '21 continues.

"It's unbelievable.

"The idiots are going to ruin the roadmap and cause another surge."

He added: "Earlier today (Thursday) (there was) rubbish everywhere it's awful."

Another posted a video of the packed park and said: "Leeds Hyde Park locals doing their bit in reducing the coronavirus transmission risks".

People flocked to the Moor during the sunshine at the end of February as well which also prompted complaints from residents.

Roundhay Park has also been a recent hotspot for sun seekers as pictures showed the north Leeds park 'rammed' during past weekends.

Under current coronavirus restrictions, you can spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with your household or support bubble, or with one other person.

This means people are allowed to sit down for a drink or picnic, but a two metre social distance should be maintained from those outside of the household.

It is still the law to stay at home under the current national lockdown restrictions - and you must only leave or be outside of your home if you have a 'reasonable' excuse.

Police can take action against you if you leave the house without a 'reasonable excuse' and issue you with a fine.

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

Under the Government's lockdown roadmap, the initial date of March 29 has been set for when people will be allowed to meet up in groups of six or from two households outdoors.

It is only at this point that people will no longer legally be required to stay at home.