Covid-19: Padlocks come off Wiltshire's play parks

Covid-19: Padlocks come off Wiltshire's play parks

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:01am 4th July 2020. (Updated at 12:36pm 4th July 2020)

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Playgrounds looked after by authorities including Wiltshire and Salisbury City Council reopen today (Saturday 4th July).

In the latest measure to give us a sense of normality after the Covid-19 lockdown, families will be able to enjoy play parks once again.

Wiltshire Council is 'strongly advising' us to stick to social distancing, with a few procedures in place to help keep people safe: 

  • If anyone in the household is displaying COVID-19 symptoms then do not visit
  • People should ensure they are social distancing - if this isn't possible because the park or certain equipment is being used by other people, they should please wait or visit another day
  • Please try to only have one parent, guardian or carer with each child to limit the possible spread of infection
  • Consider using a face covering, but Government guidance states they aren't to be used by children under the age of three
  • All rubbish, including disposable face coverings or gloves, should be put in the litter bins or taken home to dispose of
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitiser before and after visiting the park
  • People should consider wiping or cleansing equipment before use
  • People shouldn't eat or drink within the play area

There's a number of local play parks that Wiltshire Council is responsible for: 

  • Saunders Meadow, Collingbourne Ducis
  • Saxon Rise, Collingbourne Ducis
  • St Judes Close, Bishopdown Farm
  • St Lukes Close, Bishopdown Farm
  • St Peters Road, Bishopdown Farm
  • Sycamore Drive, Bishopdown Farm
  • Clover Gardens, Ludgershall
  • Cornflower Way, Ludgershall
  • Drovers View, Ludgershall
  • Johnson Way, Ludgershall
  • Orchid Drive, Ludgershall
  • Stone Close, Middle Winterslow
  • Old School Close, Netheravon
  • The Close, Morgans Vale
  • Farriers Field, Upavon
  • Maple Crescent, Wilton
  • Randalls Croft Road, Wilton
  • Westfields, Zeals
St Judes Close, Bishopdown Farm Park
The play parks across Bishopdown Farm are among those that will be reopened

Cllr Richard Clewer, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: 

"Play areas are a great place for children to get much-needed exercise and run off steam, especially during this lockdown period. We're glad we can reopen them but it is so important that families follow the guidance to protect themselves and others. 

"We can all do our bit by maintaining social distancing, using sanitiser and wipes frequently and disposing of our rubbish or taking it home so these facilities can be enjoyed by all in the safest possible way."

There'll be signage put up at all the Wiltshire Council play areas to let people know about the guidelines to follow.

Maltings Play Park (SCC)
The Maltings play park is among those being opened up again by Salisbury City Council


Sites owned by the City Council will also reopen today (Saturday 4th July) - such as Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Victoria Park, The Maltings and Churchill Gardens.

We're told that each of the play areas will be fully sanitised by the parks team every Monday morning from now on.

They're also asking us to maintain social distancing - and stay away if that's not possible.

Some parks operated by parish or town councils may not be open this weekend.

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