A number of Telford play areas will today (10 July) reopen to the public with new safety guidelines in place.

Play areas now open include Telford Town Park, Dawley Park, Dale End Park in Ironbridge, Bowring Park in Wellington and Hartshill Park in Oakengates.

Telford & Wrekin Council has been continuing maintenance on play equipment during lockdown and will continue to phase the reopening of play areas, as much preparation is required.

Parents, guardians, carers and users must be aware of the new government guidelines that now apply to all play areas and realise that coronavirus safety is also in their hands.

The council has stated that it is unable to monitor or clean all play areas on a frequent basis and is asking visitors and users to take on this responsibility by:

• Social distancing
• If the play area is busy, waiting or coming back later
• ensuring that one family member accompanies children
• Using their own hand-sanitiser gel before and after their visit
• Taking any litter and wipes home with them

Cllr Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Libraries & Culture, said: “We are urging parents, guardians and carers to be fully aware of what they need to do and to consider when children use our playgrounds.

“The government guidelines have stated that councils can only do what is reasonably practical to minimise risk, but with so many play areas, it is impossible for the council to oversee all of them all of the time. Visitors must act responsibly.

“While we want to enjoy some of the new freedoms as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, we ask everyone to please follow the safety advice and be responsible.”