Borough's play areas to reopen for weekend

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's 38 play areas will reopen for children to enjoy as lockdown restrictions continue to ease this weekend.

Play area

The council is urging parents to read guidance set out on its website before their visit to ensure the equipment is used as safely as possible. Information is also displayed on posters outside of each play area.

Following government advice on staying alert when out and about, the most important message is for users to maintain social distancing and practice good hygiene when using the facilities.

The equipment will be checked for safety reasons only, so parents are advised to make sure they have hand sanitiser with them. Only one adult should accompany children, who should also be supervised carefully and encouraged not to touch their face.

Commenting on the opening, Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, said:

We're looking forward to seeing children play happily on slides and swings once more and the gates to our play areas open.

Learning to adapt to our 'new normal' is bringing fresh challenges - especially when you have excited children on your hands - but the advice is in place to keep everyone safe, and our play areas open for good.

Further information is available at: one.welhat.gov.uk/life-beyond-lockdown/outdoorspaces

Play areas closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.