Following advice given by PlayBoard NI to Councils regarding the continued access to play parks, Council has taken the decision to close its play parks with immediate effect during the current restricted activity period for COVID 19.
A council spokesperson said “Social mixing for all age groups is discouraged by government and, when schools close, levels of social mixing at fixed play areas is likely to increase substantially.
This, combined with the risk of contamination of fixed play equipment, indicates that closure should be the preferred option.
Whilst recommending the closure of fixed play areas, the additional advice is to continue to provide access to parks and open spaces (in line with government advice on social mixing) to allow children, young people and families to access valuable play and recreation opportunities
Amidst the uncertainty and social restrictions caused by COVID-19 it is important for us all to remember that play is a critically important part of children and young people’s lives, particularly during times of uncertainty.
Through play children and young people are able to remain active whilst developing resilience, coping with stress and anxiety and importantly having fun. As social restrictions continue over the coming weeks ensuring children and young people continue to have access to play opportunities, whether at home or in the wider community will be essential.”