Play areas to reopen in Bedford - but expect strict new rules to minimise spread of virus

Parents are asked to bring hand sanitiser and wipes with children allowed a maximum of one hour play time

By Clare Turner
Friday, 31st July 2020, 2:50 pm
Updated Friday, 31st July 2020, 2:54 pm

From this weekend, all play areas will be open apart from Kingfisher play area in Wixams.

Bedford Borough Council has been working to get its 120 play areas ready for reopening, in line with Government guidance to keep the public safe.

This work has included the removal of some equipment to help maintain social distancing and getting signs ready to publicise the rules that people must follow.

The play area at Russell Park (Google)

The council is asking you observe the following guidelines:

Bring hand sanitiser and use it before and after entering the play area

Bring wipes and wipe down any equipment your children wish to use, before and after use

Supervise children at all times, with a maximum of 1 parent/carer per child

Only allow one child on each piece of equipment at a time

Do not allow your child to touch their face while in the play area

Do not eat or drink anything within the play area

Take away any litter or rubbish that you have

Parents/carers are also being asked to limit their family’s visit to a play area to an hour, to allow other people to enjoy it. If the play area if busy, people are asked to come back another time.

These rules also apply to the outdoor gym equipment.

The Kingfisher play area in Wixams will remain closed as a large piece of play equipment is in need of repair.