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Playgrounds in London Reopening – Safety Guidance from Inspectors

Playgrounds in London are permitted to reopen on 4th July – an announcement by the Government that must’ve made many kids, parents and carers leap for joy. The Register of Play Inspectors International has issued some guidance for playground owners and families who will be using the playgrounds to help keep them safe plays to play.

The RPII is expecting playgrounds to be very heavily used with the eagerness of the public to start using them again, so it is vital that playgrounds are thoroughly inspected to ensure a satisfactory level of safety is in place.

“While we are pleased that the Government has finally announced the date for the reopening of outdoor playgrounds in England, we are aware that some owners and operators of playground facilities have halted safety inspections of playgrounds altogether during the lockdown period. RPII is therefore calling for all playground owners to carry out an in-depth inspection prior to the reopening of any facility and ensure that all inspection schedules are brought fully up to date.”

The RPII is providing the following guidance for families that plan to visit a playground safely:

If the playground facility you visit has not yet officially been opened, please do not attempt to use, or access the equipment or area.

Do not remove any temporary barriers to the playground or plastic fencing or unravel any swing seats or cables that may have been secured to put them out of use – this must be done safely by the owner or operator of the facility.

Follow the current social distance guidelines when visiting and encourage your children to do the same.

If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before visiting.

Wash your and your children’s  hands before and after visiting. Take hand sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water for if your children’s hands get covered in mud. Ensure your children are using hand sanitiser frequently.

Follow and adhere to all current government advice in addition to the above guidance.

 

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