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Play areas re-open for the summer holidays

Children's play areas are set to re-open in the next couple of weeks as part of Swansea Council's response to Welsh Government easing of lockdown measures.

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The council is taking a phased approach to re-opening the play areas and will follow inspections of facilities to ensure they are safe for children to use.

36 play areas in the city have now reopened following inspections and are listed on the Council's website. More will follow this week and next week. Parents can check if their local play area is open by visiting https://www.swansea.gov.uk/playgrounds

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment Improvement and Infrastructure Development said the move was in response to the Welsh Government's own phased approach to easing the lockdown.

He said: "While all our public parks have been open throughout the pandemic so people were able to use them for their daily exercises, children's play areas remained closed to ensure they and their families stayed safe.

"It's a good time to be re-opening them as families start the formal school summer holidays. We're taking a phased approach to re-opening so our staff can check the facilities are safe to use.

"We'd urge parents not to allow their children to use the play area in their local park if it is still cordoned off and to wait until it's safe to do so.

"We'll be putting up signs around the play areas asking parents and children to observe the two-metre rule with those outside their extended household group, in line with Welsh Government guidance.

"We'd also ask that people take their rubbish home with them after their visits."

The signs include advice that youngsters using the facilities and their parents should use hand sanitisers before, during and after using the equipment and wash hands thoroughly when they get home.

Swansea Council operates a large number of play areas in parks around the city. All of them were closed in March as part of the Welsh Government lockdown aimed at helping keep people safe and prevent spread of the virus.

It's anticipated most play areas will be open this week with the remainder next week.

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