Some leisure activities set to re-open

Following the Executive’s announcement that COVID-19 restrictions are to be eased somewhat, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has provided further information about what it will mean for the borough’s leisure services.

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 4:13 pm

The leisure services impacted by the rule changes are golf, angling and tennis. The Council has also confirmed that car parks at parks and open spaces will be opening from Wednesday.

The change to the leisure facilities are as follows:


Golf courses will reopen to members and subscribers from Saturday, May 23. The general public will have access from Wednesday, May 27.

Everyone hoping to play must book online in advance and golfers are not to arrive at the course more than 15 minutes in advance of their tee-off time. Rakes will be removed from the courses and golfers must not touch the flag or flag stick.

For further information, Council advises residents to contact their local golf clubs directly.


With regards to angling, Council notes that angling facilities at Loughgall will reopen from Saturday, May 23.

In line with Public Health Agency guideline, no sharing of fish positions (swims) except by members of the same household is permitted nor is it allowed to share fishing tackle or other items. Anglers must stay two meters or more away from each other and on-site toilet facilities will remain closed.


The Council’s tennis facilities will reopen to clubs only from Wednesday, May 27.

Unless players are from the same household there will be a maximum of two people per court, players must only handle their own racket and ball, and players must avoid changing ends, or, make sure to change at opposite sides of the net.

Club buildings and toilet facilities will remain closed and a buffer period of 10 minutes will apply between bookings.

Car parks

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed that car parks will reopen at Council’s parks and open spaces from Wednesday, May 27.

It has also confirmed that due to reduced service levels currently operating, charging for entry into Gosford Forest Park and Loughgall is suspended until further notice.

Council has also advised that despite car parks reopening at these facilities, access to public toilets, outdoor gyms and play parks is not permitted.

Skateboard parks, caravan areas, park benches, mobile catering facilities and multi-use games areas are also off limits at present.

For further information check the Council’s website.

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