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Outdoor gyms and playgrounds to reopen

Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and other games equipment in the borough’s parks are set to reopen from Saturday morning (4 July), following further easing of the government COVID-19 restrictions.

In the coming weeks, Ealing Council will be increasing its signage to help advise on social distancing rules, and anyone planning a visit is urged to carefully consider how they can minimise the risk of potential transmission of COVID-19.

Measures to help everyone stay as safe as possible when using the reopened outdoor gyms, playgrounds or park equipment include:

  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water or approved gel and foam sanitizer at the beginning and end of your visit
  • Bringing your own towel and hygiene products and wiping down equipment after use
  • Using hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean your child’s hands before and after play
  • Not touching you face, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your arm if you do not have one
  • Following the government’s social distancing rules at all times
  • Always taking any litter or rubbish home with you. 

Councillor Mik Sabiers, the council’s cabinet member for environment and highways said: “After careful consideration and following government guidelines, we will be opening playgrounds, outdoor gyms and similar equipment in the borough’s parks.

“We want our parks and green spaces to continue to play a vital role in residents’ wellbeing, providing local places for socialising and exercise. But it is as important as ever for people to make sure they do everything in their power to help minimise the spread of COVID-19.

“It is everyone’s interests to stick to social distancing rules and if you are using the newly-reopened playgrounds and outdoor gyms, please take steps to help ensure the safety of all visitors.

“We are seeing people flocking to local parks over the summer months and I’m urging everyone to show care and respect to these green spaces, as well as fellow visitors.

“This also means taking home all litter. Unfortunately, a small minority act disgustingly, by leaving rubbish, bottles and food in our parks, and expect it to be cleared at council taxpayers’ expense. This is not acceptable, and we have increased patrols to find and fine these people.

“Please also remember that barbecues and fires are not allowed in any circumstances and public urination and defecation is also an offence.” 

“Please enjoy our parks, play areas and gyms responsibly and leave them how you would hope to find them, clean, clear of any rubbish and ready to be enjoyed by the community.”

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