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Playgrounds re-open from Saturday 4 July

a swing in a playground

We are re-opening many of our outdoor playgrounds on a trial basis, in response to a further relaxing of the government’s lockdown measures.

The new government measures come into force tomorrow (Saturday 4 July). The changes mean people will be able to use many of the local outdoor gyms and playgrounds.

The Look Out play area remains closed as government guidance requires extra measures to be implemented to make sure social distancing is maintained.

We are calling on people to take some simple precautions to limit the risk of spreading coronavirus. Only a limited number of people can enter a playground or use the equipment at any one time, to maintain social distancing. Parents and carers are asked to come prepared with hand sanitiser and apply this to their children’s hands before and after play.

Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection, said:

“We welcome the news that we can re-open our playgrounds, as we recognise they’re important facilities for our residents with young families.

“The decision to start using shared play equipment should not be taken lightly. If you’re planning on visiting one of our playgrounds, then please refer to guidance on our website and in site notices so you can be prepared.

“If you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating, then you must not visit our playgrounds, as this will put others at risk.

“We hope our residents enjoy using our playgrounds again and thank them for helping to keep their loved ones and everyone safe by following these simple instructions.”

For more details, visit our parks and countryside updates page.