Playgrounds across Reigate & Banstead were closed on Monday 23 March until further notice, to help in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The closures were put in place ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s broadcast later that same evening closing such facilities nationwide.
Apparently not everyone agrees with the closures: a playground in Merstham had to be re-locked on Monday evening, leader of the council Cllr Mark Brunt said.
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s parks and open spaces otherwise remain open, but the Harlequin Theatre and the borough’s leisure centres were closed last week.
Details of how council facilities and services are affected in the borough are available on the council’s coronavirus webpages.
Those webpages also include details of support for local residents and businesses, how to volunteer, and links to NHS and Government advice on the virus.
At county level, Surrey County Council has also published coronavirus information, including providing a helpline.
Today we will close all our play areas within the borough until further notice. Parks and open spaces will remain open for the time being. This is to help ensure social distancing measures are being followed.
Public toilets in the borough will also close until further notice. pic.twitter.com/lwn7AToD0k
— Reigate & Banstead (@reigatebanstead) March 23, 2020
Clearly not everyone is happy with our closing of playgrounds, I have just Re-secured this playground in Merstham rec pic.twitter.com/wJyuyzwz1M
— Leader of Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (@RBBCLeader) March 23, 2020