Following a thorough cleaning of all equipment and bird proofing on the framed play equipment, the Clerk and two Councillors carried out a risk assessment for COVID-19 transmission based on guidance issued by Government and the Association of Play Industries. Two main factors influenced the decision to open:
• The benefits to children of playing outside bring a host of social, emotional and physical rewards. These have long been undervalued
and at this time appear to have been completely ignored. Consequently, children are suffering harm.
• The evidence is that the risks posed by COVID-19 to children playing in outdoor spaces is very low
It was felt that as long as the general guidance towards social distancing and hand washing was adhered to then most of the play area could be opened safely. Instructions were attached to equipment and in particular to the outdoor gym equipment indicating that only one person should use it at a time. Sadly the small playhouse which is largely enclosed had to be taken out of use. The Zip Wire is currently awaiting repair and therefore cannot be used.
Although the picnic benches remained in situ notices were placed on them discouraging eating and drinking anywhere near the play equipment. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic on the field, away from the equipment and encouraged to take their litter home with them.
July 3, 2020