Coronavirus

Visitors to Glasgow’s parks are told not to booze and to use bins or take litter home

By Ellen Thomson at

The city council is pleading with people to abide by the law and not to drink alcohol in the city’s parks.

The authority has turned to social media to get its message across during the pandemic.

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park has been a popular destination during lockdown.

A tweet posted on Friday said: “Everyone is welcome in the parks, but alcohol is not –

“You could be fined and your drink confiscated.

“And please bin rubbish or take it home with you.”

A bylaw prohibiting the drinking of alcohol in public places in Glasgow has been in place since 2008.

Kelvingrove Park in the West End has been a hotspot for drinking since lockdown eased.

Disturbance

Alcohol poses issues during a pandemic when it leads to anti-social behaviour.

On Thursday, a 26-year-old man was arrested following a large disturbance late on.

Social media posts reported a large police response with several vehicles called to attend.

In addition to public order concerns, public toilets are closed due to the pandemic.

People boozing in the sun are having to nip behind trees and bushes.

Social media users questioned why people couldn’t have a drink.

One person said people needed somewhere to go in the absence of pubs and beer gardens.

Another accused the council of being “killjoys”.

‘Unjustifiable’

“Not everyone has a big garden to invite folk into.”

One said the law was “draconian” and “completely unjustifiable”.

Scotland is still in lockdown and the strictest measures are only now starting to slowly ease.

People can only meet outside with people from more than two other households – and in groups of no more than eight.

Schools are currently closed and normal lessons may not resume for months after pupils return in August.

Partick-based inspector Paul Daley tweeted: “Parks are essential open spaces for all of us.

“Please respect these facilities so we can all enjoy the outdoors.”