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by Tony Collins (subscribe)
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Children living in the Tamworth area of Staffordshire are getting ready to let off some welcome steam following lockdown as preparations are made to reopen the borough's playgrounds. Local youngsters will be able to make use of Tamworth's outdoor play areas from Saturday 4 July when Covid-19 restrictions are further lifted. And their parents, as well as other adults, will also be able to take advantage of the easing of the three-month lockdown as outdoor gyms also reopen at the same time in line with new Government guidelines. The easing of lockdown means that, where possible and practical, the 37 Tamworth Borough Council-owned playground and outdoor gym equipment sites will be re-opened for public use - provided that new safety measures are followed. Signage will be in place advising people how to use the equipment safely.

Tamworth Castle Grounds
Cleaning the play area at Tamworth Castle Grounds


The guidelines include:
Do not use if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19
Use hand sanitiser after playing on the equipment
Do not touch your face or mouth while on the playground
Children must be supervised at all times
Please stick to social distancing guidelines
Consider coming back if the playground is busy

In addition, the Government guidelines also recommend that users wipe touch points such as swing rockers, see-saws, machine handles or exercise bars, before use. It is encouraged that outdoor gym users bring their own towel and hygiene products and wipe down equipment after use too. Parents should bring their own hand sanitiser gel or wipes to clean their children's hands. They are also advised that the consumption of food or drink on play equipment or in the playground area is banned.

Lakenheath play area
Children eagerly await playgrounds re-opening


Councillor John Chesworth, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Culture and Operational Services, said: "The re-opening of the council playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be much appreciated by many families, but we also need to ensure that we continue to follow the safety measures outlined in order to bring this virus further under control as quickly as possible. It's incredibly difficult to keep children apart at playgrounds and to stop them from touching their faces after touching the equipment, so please ensure you supervise your children at all times and have wipes and hand gel with you. The last thing we want is a local outbreak so we need to make sure we continue to adhere to social distancing. We hope we can all enjoy these play areas safely and respectfully and continue to social distance and Stay Alert."

A full list of playgrounds is available by clicking on here.
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Why? Joy for kids and adults as playgrounds and outdoor gyms re-open
When: 4 July 2020
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle Grounds, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7ND
Cost: Free
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