Use of Bute Park during the Covid-19 pandemic (Updated 03.07.20)

First published 24th Mar, 2020

Cardiff’s parks remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic and play an important role in supporting the good health and wellbeing of citizens. Bute Park continues to be a popular part of people’s daily routines during lockdown but it is vital that the latest Welsh Government guidance is followed in order to manage the risk of infection from the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19.

Public toilets within Bute Park are currently closed

Public toilets are recognised under Welsh Government guidelines as facilities with a high risk of contamination from bodily fluids containing the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19. As such they have been closed on public health grounds.

The toilets within Bute Park are operated and managed by our catering concession holders, not by the Council itself. The Council recognises the challenges private businesses face in the wake of the pandemic crisis and will support our tenants in opening the public toilets when it is safe and practical for them to do so.

We recognise the inconvenience this may cause to park users but we must ensure that public safety remains the overriding priority. With people being encouraged to stay local, we are confident use of Bute Park can be planned around the absence of on-site toilet facilities at this time.  

Bute Park Visitor Centre

The Bute Park Visitor Centre is currently closed to visitors and for conference bookings. We are reviewing our arrangements and will resume opening when possible.

Bute Park Plant Shop

The Bute Park Plant Shop is currently closed to retail customers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are reviewing our operating arrangements since advice around garden centres changed and will resume retail sales when possible.

Summerhouse Café re-opens for takeaway only

The Summerhouse Café opened on Monday 11th May offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Pettigrew Tea Rooms re-opens for takeaway only

Pettigrew Cwtch opened on Saturday 14th June offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.  

Secret Garden Cafe re-opens for takeaway only

Secret Garden Cafe opened on Thursday 2nd July offering a restricted takeaway menu. The business will operate under current social distancing regulations. Please adhere to their on-site signage and follow the instructions of staff when using this facility.

Blackweir Bridge is currently closed

The bridge was closed on Monday 27th April to ensure social distancing after attempts to allow the public to use it as a one-way system proved unsuccessful.

The following issues were observed when the “one way only, give way to oncoming traffic” guidance was trialled:

  • Crowding around the entrances whilst people waited to cross
  • Individuals choosing not to wait and crossing against oncoming traffic, which others would then follow
  • Use by runners who were exhaling heavily within what is effectively a confined space
  • Groups stopping on the bridge to admire the view

The bridge’s walkway is less than 1.5m so the above meant people were regularly observed to not be keeping sufficient distance from others and indeed those who were following the guidance were being put at risk outside of their control by others.

Fitness and play equipment remains closed

All play areas and outdoor gym equipment continue to be out of bounds and should not be used under any circumstances.  The virus can live on surfaces and you put yourselves and others at risk by touching them.  We have signage to advise of this message at sites that have this equipment.

Thank you for your cooperation.

The Bute Park Team