On Tuesday 23 June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the next stage of the relaxation of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown restrictions which included the re-opening of public playgrounds in England on Saturday 4 July 2020.

On 26 June, the Government published its further COVID-19 Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms. The guidance presented a considerable additional challenge not only to Ashington Town Council but to all operators or providers of play facilities across the country. The Town Council is very mindful of its duty of care to both the public and staff and has carefully considered and sought to minimise the potential risk posed by the virus.

The Town Council after careful consideration of both the guidance and expectation of the public, has decided to open all of the play areas it manages from Saturday 4 July.

We are aware that residents and in particular families with young children, will be pleased to have access to the play areas once again and we have sought to do this responsibly as soon as the guidelines allowed us to do so.

We must all remember though that Coronavirus is still with us and consequently users must use the facilities responsibly by:

  • adhering to the Government guidelines on Social Distancing and try and stay at least 2 metres apart
  • not taking part in any type of social gathering
  • washing your hands or using your own hand sanitiser before and after visiting play areas
  • not using the play area if it is already busy
  • using the bins provided to dispose of your rubbish or take it home if the bins are full; and
  • not visiting play areas if anyone in your family is unwell

The Town Council will continue to carry out regular inspections and safety checks of all play areas and will monitor compliance with the guidance issued. Please note however that equipment is not routinely cleansed.

Have fun, enjoy the facilities and play safely.

You can report issues to us by ringing 01670 624 520 Monday to Friday or by emailing sharonparmleyatc@gmail.com

For more information on town’s play areas visit www.ashingtontowncouncil.gov.uk/services/play-areas

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