We will re-open our sports and play areas from the 4 July

We’re taking a measured approach to reopening services, with safety being their priority. In line with the further easing of lockdown, they have let local sports clubs know that grounds will be available for practice in line with the latest government legislation.

They will begin the process of mowing pitches for practice over the coming weeks.

All bowling greens, croquet lawns and petanque courts will be open to using, but toilets and clubhouses remain closed at the present time. As such, players are being encouraged to bring their own hand sanitiser and wash their hands before and as soon as they can after using the facilities.

From the 4 July, we will begin opening the play areas, with those at the 4 municipal parks opening first (Greenhead Park, Beaumont Park, Crow Nest Park and Wilton Park).  Residents should watch out for the guidance signs that show that a space is now open,  and refrain from using those that are still closed. When open, children will once again be able to play on swings, slides and climbing frames, but the council is keen to remind people that social distancing continues to apply. Some equipment such as tunnels will remain closed due to them being enclosed.

Both children and adults should continue to stay 2M apart from people outside their bubble where ever possible, avoid touching their face and not share equipment. They are also being asked not to eat or drinking in play areas and to stay away if they or anyone in their household feels unwell.

As it isn’t possible for us to keep all 340 play areas and outdoor gyms sanitised, visitors are being advised to bring their own wipes to clean the equipment alongside their hand sanitiser. Any used wipes should be placed in the bins provided or taken home if they are full.

Cllr Rob Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment said:

“We know that the news that these spaces are opening will be welcomed, children especially will be excited to use the play areas.  However, it remains incredibly important that you take time to judge the risk to your family before you decide to enter a space.   The virus remains part of our lives, but if we continue to be aware and follow public health advice we can start to enjoy more things in this new normal.”

Playground signage Covid-19 SM CM3428.7



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