Test Valley Borough Council is gearing up to reopen the borough’s play areas and outdoor gyms on Saturday, 4 July.
As part of its plans to safely return to a new normal, central government announced an ease of lockdown restrictions on 23 June, allowing for the reopening of some businesses and venues including play areas and outdoor gyms on 4 July.
Teams from the authority’s environmental and community and leisure services have been carrying out inspections and risk assessments to more than 100 play areas and outdoor gyms in accordance with government’s guidance for managing these areas. Padlocks will be removed early on Saturday morning, with clear signage put in place, detailing the social distancing requirements for those using the areas. Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before leaving home, and use alcohol gel as soon as they are finished using the equipment.
Leader of the borough council, councillor Phil North, said: “More than 13 weeks have passed since central government announced the nationwide lockdown and play areas and outdoor gyms have been missed by so many, especially during the recent sunny weather. Now, children will be able to enjoy their local play area once again, and those who are keen to exercise with gym equipment can now safely do so when following the guidance.
“We must all still remain cautious and continue to wash hands and follow the latest advice.”