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Saturday 30th May 2020

Susanna Reid begs government to keep green spaces open as her local park is slammed shut

Good Morning Britain host hits out at the rule-breakers for causing everyone to be punished

Her Good Morning Britain husband Piers Morgan is usually the outspoken one, but Susanna Reid has said she feels a trip to the park is a "necessity".

Her comments come as the gates of her local Brockwell Park were "slammed shut" last weekend due to overcrowding.

Aside from shopping for essential items, Brits are only allowed outside for one hour of daily exercise each day.

GMB's Susanna Reid has hit out at the closure of her local park (Credit: ITV)

However, sun seekers in their droves were pictured sunbathing in the park, forcing the council to close its gates.

Some were even seen socialising in groups – a strict breach of the lockdown guidelines.

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Speaking in her Daily Mail column, Susanna revealed her anger – both at the closure and the selfish stupidity of the 3,000 people who descended on the park.

All park-goers were punished for the actions of the few who thought the rules didn’t apply to them.

Susanna said: "On Sunday, all park-goers were punished for the actions of the few who thought the rules didn’t apply to them, as the council decreed it couldn’t cope with the numbers and the gates were shut."

"Vital breathing space"

She added that the park is a "vital breathing space" in an area where many young families live in small flats without access to green space.

Susanna said parks offer a "vital breathing space" (Credit: Splash News)

Susanna has also pleaded with health secretary Matt Hancock to keep the country's parks open.

Her comments came after he threatened to take away the "precious" daily exercise allowance if Brits continue to flout the rules.

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Susanna said: "If you felt claustrophobic when he said that, you weren’t alone. A daily walk is the silver lining of what feels at times like a very dark cloud. So this is my plea to the government — national and local — to keep our parks and green spaces open."

The GMB host even went so far as to say a trip to the park isn't a "luxury", it's essential.

"Lockdown is bearable if we know we can glimpse the outside world occasionally. Seeing trees, a big expanse of sky, walking on grass. Getting out isn’t a luxury — it’s a necessity," she said.

The star said she stayed at home as the sun shone last weekend.

Stay home, stay safe

However, she admits that she knows she's lucky.

She said sitting outside in her garden, hanging her washing on the line and exercising with her hula hoop keeps her "fit and sane".

With sunshine predicted across Easter weekend, Brits are urged to stay home and stay safe.

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