Slough council has warned it may have to close its public green spaces after police caught families using local play areas and residents meeting friends in parks.
A council spokesperson said Thames Valley Police officers had to disperse crowds of people meeting in Salt Hill Park, and that families were allowing children to use playground and exercise equipment as if it was "a bank holiday".
All play areas, green gyms and leisure areas are closed after a direct order from the government as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.The council’s parks are available to allow residents access to green spaces during the one time per day they are allowed out of their homes for essential exercise.
Josie Wragg, Slough Borough Council chief executive, said: "We are dismayed that some residents think they are exempt from the government rulings to stay at home and think they won’t get, or won’t pass on, this illness.
"Our amazing green parks are open to be used by our residents to take essential exercise but our green gyms and play parks are firmly closed.She added: "If a small minority of people do not respect everyone’s right to stay safe then we will need to close our green parks too."