Playgrounds have become eerily abandoned across Britain in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Gates have been padlocked, swing seats removed, and
Playgrounds have become eerily abandoned across Britain in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Gates have been padlocked, swing seats removed, and slides covered in red tape as local council try to halt the spread of the deadly virus. While parks have remained open for the most part, these outdoor spaces such as playgrounds were among the first t be closed under guidance from SAGE.
Scientists from the Government’s scientific advisory group had warned play areas and outdoor gyms could be at a higher risk of spreading the virus.
While he Government allowed people out to exercise – first once a day, then an unlimited amount – these spaces were forced to remain closed due to the shared nature of the equipment and the potential for close contact.
But when will they reopen again?
Express.co.uk has all the details you need about the reopening of playgrounds across the UK.
When will playgrounds reopen?
Playgrounds, play parks, play areas – whatever you want to call them, they’ll be reopening in just a few days time.
Outdoor play areas, gyms and theme parks will all open from July 4, Boris Johnson announced recently.
You can find your local park right here.
The announcement means dozens of outside spaces can open their doors – or gates – once again, in a big boost for the British economy.
Museums, galleries, arcades and cinemas will also be able to reopen under the new plans, which made the biggest single shift back to normality since the coronavirus lockdown began.
This is just for England, however as the rest of the UK is operating under a different time scale.
In Scotland, playgrounds will be able to reopen from June 29, as part of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s phased lifting of restrictions.
Speaking on June 18, she warned lifting restrictions too quickly could result in the virus “continuing to circulate at a higher level of transmission”.
She said: “This is why, though we are moving into Phase Two today, we are still being cautious and we are not going to do everything at once.
“We will take a staged approach, to avoid bearing all of the risk at the same time.”
However, it’s not all good news for children’s activities.
Indoor plays areas must remain closed, along with soft play parks, swimming pools, water parks and bowling alleys.
Mr Johnson said: “As we begin to reopen the economy, it’s important that we do not increase the risk of transmission which is why “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas will need to remain closed for now.
“The Government is continuing to work with these sectors to establish taskforces to help them to become COVID Secure and reopen as soon as possible.”