Council play areas to reopen

Sunderland City Council is reopening its 96 outdoor play areas and gym equipment from this Friday 17 July.

But people are being asked to do their bit to help by considering the risk of Covid-19 before using play equipment and taking every reasonable precaution to keep themselves and their families safe.

This includes considering the risk of Covid-19 before using a play area and taking all reasonable precautions to ensure your own safety, that of your family and others:

• If you or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19 - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough  or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - please stay at home and follow government advice
• If the play area is busy and it is not possible to be more than 2m away from others please come back later
• Wash your hands before and after a visit
• Use sanitiser to clean your hands for 20 seconds before and after using the equipment
• Avoid touching your face and putting your hands in your mouth
• Observe social distancing from other users while waiting and playing
• Only one family member should accompany one child using play equipment
• Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your arm
• Place any rubbish in bins – or take it home with you

The City Council is also strongly advising that as it does not clean play equipment, people should wipe it down before touching it and after your children play on it before placing the used wipe in the nearest bin.

Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities Councillor Michael Mordey, said: "We know that many children and their parents and carers have been looking forward to play areas reopening but it's really important that families judge the risks for themselves before deciding whether to visit a play area and make sure that if they do go, they follow the advice and take extra care.

"Covid-19 is still very much with us and it's only by working together and all playing our part that we can hope to protect ourselves and others so it’s really important that people carry on observing social distancing and washing their hands more often for longer."

Signage advising people of how they can safely use the equipment is being installed at council play areas and sites with outdoor gym equipment across the city.

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