CAR PARKS at country parks across Hampshire are set to reopen.

County bosses have confirmed that the car parks at country parks across the county will reopen tomorrow (May13).

The news comes as they were shut in March to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Now, the decision has been reversed as from tomorrow people will be allowed to take more outdoor exercise, according to the new government guideline.

Hampshire County Council said all country parks (excluding the Staunton and Manor Farm attractions) and those sites with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems will operate normal opening hours  and normal parking rates.

Cllr Seán Woodward, executive member for recreation and heritage at the county council, said: “I would ask all visitors to keep themselves and others safe when they visit any of Hampshire country parks. Please leave a car’s width when parking and be courteous by checking and allowing others nearby to move away before you step out of your vehicle. This includes when arriving and leaving, and also paying for your parking. As you walk, cycle or run, continue to keep two metres apart from those who are not in your household and use the paths and spaces responsibly so that visitors and staff are not put at risk.”

The council also confirmed that toilets at the sites will be open but cafés, shops, visitor centres and play areas remain closed until further notice.

Cllr Woodward added: “This positive step forward is dependent on all of us continuing to socially distance and following the Government’s wider guidelines. That way, we stand a quicker and greater chance to recover the much-valued parts of our daily lives such as enjoying Hampshire’s beautiful scenery and outdoor spaces.”

Calshot Activities Centre will also be opening for parking.

The council also said that depending on a decision by Associated British Ports, the slipway will also be available for recreational boating.

Opposition leader Councillor Keith House also welcomed the news and said: “I am pleased that the county council has responded quickly to my request to reopen the country park car parks at Netley and elsewhere.”