Sunderland City Council endeavours to ensure that information contained on this page is up to date and correct and in line with the latest NHS and Government advice. The council accepts no liability for error or omission.

In accordance with current Government guidance as of 13 May, you can spend more time outdoors, including:

  • to exercise and for recreation alone, with your household, or with one person who is not in your household as long as you stay two metres apart
  • exercise more than once a day

For further guidance please see However you must keep 2 metres away from anyone that you don't live with. To see guidance on staying safe outside your home visit For more information on what you can and can't do please visit

Parks and beaches in Sunderland remain open for individuals and households to exercise in, in line with the current Government guidance. However,  visitor attractions and leisure facilities currently remain closed. See the latest guidance on staying safe outside your home at

When using parks please do not use any play areas, sports pitches or skate parks, these are closed to limit the spread of infection.

When using parks or beaches please do:

  • Wash your hands to prevent the spread of infection - especially when you get home
  • Keep a safe distance from people who are not members of your household - at least two metres away

The government's priority is to save lives and the best way to protect yourself and others from illness is to stay at home. However, exercise is still important for people's physical and mental wellbeing, so the latest government guidance allow people to leave their homes for exercise once a day. Read more about how to do this safely at

Dog walking restrictions on beaches

Rules around dogs on beaches are being reintroduced from Monday 1 June 2020.

This follows the decision to lift the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in place for dog walking restrictions on Roker and Seaburn beaches during May to allow dog walkers more space to socially distance while the beaches were less busy. Further infornation is available on the dog control seafront map.

Car parks

All council car parks, including seafront, will re-open on Thursday 28 May 2020. Parking will remain free until Friday 5 June when parking charges and permits will be back in place.