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Telford play areas set to reopen this weekend

Play areas across the borough are set to open from Saturday 1 August as part of a phased re-opening plan following new Government guidelines.

Telford & Wrekin Council has worked with teams throughout July to ensure play and outdoor gym areas across the borough were re-opened in a safe and controlled manner. Over 120 play areas are now open from Saturday 1 August as part of this phased approach.

The phased re-opening was due to the number of play areas and preparation required, including removing some equipment to provide social distancing and placing new signage to inform people of what they can do to stay alert. The teams will now continue with safety inspections on a weekly basis.

Parents, guardians, carers and users must be aware of the new government guidelines that now apply to all play areas and realise that coronavirus safety is also in their hands.  The council is unable to monitor or clean all play areas on a frequent basis and is asking visitors and users to take on this responsibility by:

• Social distancing
• If the play area is busy, wait or come back later
• 1 family member to accompany children
• Using your own hand sanitiser gel before and after your visit
• Please take any litter and wipes home with you

Cllr Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries, and Culture said “We are urging parents, guardians and carers to be fully aware of what they need to do and to consider when children use our playgrounds.”

“The Government guidelines have stated that councils can only do what is reasonably practical to minimise risk, but with so many play areas it is impossible for the council to oversee all of them all of the time. Visitors must act responsibly.”

“While we want to enjoy some of the new freedoms as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, we ask everyone to please follow the safety advice and be responsible.”

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