Alnwick Town Council will be reopening its play areas during the week beginning Monday July 13th.
They would like to thank everyone for adhering to government advice and respecting the closures that had to be put in place and for their patience whilst the Council undertook essential works to make play areas as safe as possible and installed hand sanitiser stations and new signage at all play areas.
The government guidance being followed is complex and involves risk assessments of all play areas so that users are protected as much as possible. The Council has nine play area facilities and each one brings slightly different challenges in ensuring they can re-open safely: The safety of users is paramount.
Residents may want to check with the Town Council first that a play area is open by calling 01665 602574 or checking for updates on this website.
It is important that users follow Council guidance on the new on-site notices and use the areas responsibly, so everyone can enjoy them. Users need to keep a distance from other users and parents should take responsibility for their children and ensure they play apart from others, are respectful of queues for play equipment and play considerately by not hogging equipment that others are waiting for.
Food will not be allowed in or around the play areas and all users, including children, will need to remember to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser before and after using the equipment; Alnwick Town Council is installing sanitisers at all its play areas and at the Bike Track but it would be a great idea for parents and guardians to bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser with them to the play areas.
However, anyone with any symptoms should be following government guidelines and remain at home.
Notices are installed at all play areas to remind people to maintain social distancing. Advisory maximum number of users per enclosed playground are specified.
Litter bins are provided in the play areas where tissues, etc. can be disposed of safely. Notices at each play area will remind people to dispose of rubbish sensibly.
The Council particularly asks that users stick to the following guidelines:
• There will be a maximum number of users in one play area at any one time; please check the play area signage
• Please retain 1m distance from other users e.g. pushing swings
• To enable as many children as possible to use the equipment please limit use to 30 minutes
• Use of hand sanitiser gel or wipes is strongly advised when using the equipment
• Consumption of food and drink within play areas is not permitted
• Please use bins provided or take litter home
For further information contact Alnwick Town Council on 01665 602574 or by email at Peter.Hately@alnwick-tc.gov