On 14 October the NI Executive announced a number of time-bound interventions aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19 with restrictions coming into regulatory effect on 16 October.
The interventions announced did not include any change in status for fixed play areas. Fixed play areas can therefore remain open at this point in time. PlayBoard are in regular contact with the Executive Office and should any changes be made we will issue an update accordingly.
Core scientific evidence remains that the level of Covid risk in terms of susceptibility to contracting Covid-19 and in terms of transmission risk is significantly lower for children than adults. It is however critical that adults accompanying children and young people to play parks adhere to the guidance issued by PlayBoard upon the reopening of Fixed Play Areas on 10 July to reduce levels of risk. This includes:
Closed Play Parks
If the play park you wish to use is closed please do not attempt to use or access the equipment.
In some cases, pieces of play equipment may have been secured to prevent their use on safety grounds. If an item has been secured to prevent use do not attempt to remove temporary barriers or use the equipment.
When visiting a play park make sure that you follow current government guidance on social distancing, encourage and support your children to do the same and keep a safe distance from others not in your household/social bubble.
Busy Play Parks
If the play park is busy, consider coming back at a later time and let your child know in advance that this may be a possibility to avoid disappointment.
Wash your hands and your children’s hands before and after visiting the play park. Take hand sanitiser with you and ensure you and your child use it frequently whilst in the play park.
Make sure that any disposable tissues, PPE equipment etc. is disposed of in the litter bins provided or, if one is not available take it home for disposal.
If you or anyone in your household are showing any Coronavirus symptoms, stay home and do not visit the play park.
To help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and save lives, everyone should be trying to follow social distancing measures as much as possible. Like seasonal flu, the same public health advice applies for Covid-19: if you cough or sneeze, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose, throw it away carefully after use, and wash your hands.
The best way to prevent the spread of infections, including Covid-19, is good personal hygiene. This means washing your hands well and often, using soap and water and drying them with paper towels.
Everyone can also help stop Covid-19 spreading by:
Avoiding touching your face and washing your hands as soon as you get home.
If you go outside stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people.
Wearing a face mask in enclosed spaces where social distancing is not possible.