All council-run playgrounds in Reigate & Banstead now reopened

Peppiatt Close playground, Horley Brian Aldrich


Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has said that all its children’s play areas in the borough have now reopened following their closure during the coronavirus lockdown.

Council-run facilities include the play areas in Reigate’s Priory Park and Redhill’s Memorial Park.

The council posted on Facebook yesterday (22 July): “We’re pleased to say that all play areas in the borough are now open for children to enjoy.

“Please continue to use them safely following these guidelines:

  • “Play safe, keep apart. Please follow social distancing guidelines.
  • “Wash or sanitise hands regularly before, during and after your visit.
  • “If the play area looks busy, please come back another time. Maximum capacity recommendations are displayed at the entrance to play areas and on some pieces of equipment. Please respect these capacity recommendations. They are there for your family’s safety and for the safety of other park users.
  • “No food or drink in the play area. Pop your litter in the bin or take it home with you.
  • “If anyone in your family is showing symptoms of coronavirus, DO NOT visit the play area. You should self-isolate and book a test immediately.”

The council’s Facebook post included a link to the NHS coronavirus information page.

The council has previously said that it has been pursuing a phased approach to reopening play areas, assessing and managing each location for risk: the first sites began to reopen from Friday 10 July.

The Government has issued guidance for local authorities on how to assess and manage risks of reopening playgrounds, including the use of capacity limits.