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Play areas reopen this week

Play equipment at The Grove

Fixed play areas in Gateshead have begun to reopen and all of them are expected to be open to the public by the end of the week. 

The need to guarantee that social distancing can be maintained to reduce the risk of cross-infection has meant that each site has had to be carefully risk-assessed before it can be reopened to the public. 

Certain types of play equipment have had to be taken out of use for safety reasons and a number of swings have been temporarily removed to ensure there is only one swing per bay.  

Warning signs are now being erected in play parks across the borough this week advising parents how to take responsibility for maintaining a safe distance from other people and giving advice on how to use the site safely. 

The public toilet block at Saltwell Park is also now open between the hours of 11am and 3pm. The toilets need to be cleaned after every use so entry is limited to one person at a time and queues are likely at busy periods. 

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet member for Communities and Volunteering, says:

"We know parents have been frustrated about our play parks being closed, but we wanted to make sure that we were happy that our facilities were safe for our residents before reopening. 

"With 120 fixed play areas in Gateshead, inspecting each and every one of them and carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment at each has taken some time to complete, and obviously those that have required work to make them safer have taken a while longer. 

"I'm glad to say that all of our fixed play areas are now ready to welcome children again. However, I'd have to stress that it is essential that people act sensibly and continue to closely follow our advice about hygiene and social distancing." 

All 120 fixed play areas in Gateshead should be open to the public by the weekend. 

Play equipment at The Grove
23 July 2020

Fixed play areas in Gateshead have begun to reopen and all of them are expected to be open to the public by the end of the week. 

The need to guarantee that social distancing can be maintained to reduce the risk of cross-infection has meant that each site has had to be carefully risk-assessed before it can be reopened to the public. 

Certain types of play equipment have had to be taken out of use for safety reasons and a number of swings have been temporarily removed to ensure there is only one swing per bay.  

Warning signs are now being erected in play parks across the borough this week advising parents how to take responsibility for maintaining a safe distance from other people and giving advice on how to use the site safely. 

The public toilet block at Saltwell Park is also now open between the hours of 11am and 3pm. The toilets need to be cleaned after every use so entry is limited to one person at a time and queues are likely at busy periods. 

Councillor Linda Green, Cabinet member for Communities and Volunteering, says:

"We know parents have been frustrated about our play parks being closed, but we wanted to make sure that we were happy that our facilities were safe for our residents before reopening. 

"With 120 fixed play areas in Gateshead, inspecting each and every one of them and carrying out a comprehensive risk assessment at each has taken some time to complete, and obviously those that have required work to make them safer have taken a while longer. 

"I'm glad to say that all of our fixed play areas are now ready to welcome children again. However, I'd have to stress that it is essential that people act sensibly and continue to closely follow our advice about hygiene and social distancing." 

All 120 fixed play areas in Gateshead should be open to the public by the weekend. 

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