Good News – Children’s play areas and public toilets in Maidstone are to be opened from Saturday 4th July as Covid-19 lockdown is eased by Government.
People are being welcomed back and asked to adhere to social distancing rules in all areas.
All children’s play equipment has been maintained throughout lockdown and inspected for safety.
People are being asked to maintain social distancing and if a child has a high temperature, cough, or cold, to not allow them into the play area.
At busy times, the council is asking that children’s time on play equipment be limited to 20 minutes to allow other families to enjoy the facilities too. Therefore, if the play area is busy, parents are being asked to come back later. There will be no food or drink allowed inside the play areas and families are being asked to use hand sanitiser or wash their hands before and after play to help keep the play areas clean for others.
There will be extra guidance that it is hoped everyone will follow.
MBC are asking parents and carers to take extra care when they are using them and wash children’s hands or use sanitiser before and after they use them and have arranged signage to go up at each play area explaining the new guidelines.
Public toilets will also be opening up and there will be hand sanitisers at the entrances to the toilets and more signage to remind people to socially distance and wash their hands. The busiest toilets in Mote Park will be cleaned hourly and will close one block to clean the other. All others will be cleaned twice daily. Monitoring will take place and more changes made if needed
Lib Dem Councillor Derek Mortimer, Chairman of the Community, Housing and Environment Committee commented, “After 3 months of Lockdown, children have a chance to exercise their muscles and enjoy the facilities the playgrounds have to offer in an open arena, but please continue to play safely in accordance with Government guidelines.”