Play and sports areas closed due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
In line with the Government’s instruction to stop all unnecessary contact and travel, Kirklees Council has closed all play and sports areas as part of their efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
This means that all of its equipped play spaces will be closed by locking the gates, putting up signs and where possible disabling the equipment, the council hopes this will discourage parents and children from using these spaces.
All tennis courts, Multi-Use Games Areas, skate parks, bowling greens, croquet lawns and pentaque terrains have also been closed.
Cllr Rob Walker Cabinet Member for Culture and Environment said:
“We totally support the government’s decision to close play and sports areas to protect local people. We are in the process of closing these areas, but it may take us some time, and we can’t lock them all, so we need people to co-operate. It might be tempting to use an empty play area as you are passing by – but please don’t. As the coronavirus can live on some surfaces for up to 72hours, touching and playing with the equipment could further contribute to the spread, putting your family at risk.
I fully recognise that we are asking a lot of people. Staying in the house, especially if you don’t have any outdoor space, will be difficult. And we know that in normal times these play areas support both physical and mental wellbeing, but we are not in normal times and we must reduce the risk of the virus spreading.
At this time our parks remain open to allow space for people to exercise alone, or with members of your household once a day. However, if people continue to gather in groups or visit crowded places more facilities will have to close in their entirety.”