Cork playgrounds begin to re-open: parents told to bring sanitiser

Cork playgrounds begin to re-open: parents told to bring sanitiser

Playgrounds across Cork have started to re-open today, with plans to open all of Cork County and City Council’s playground facilities, multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment by the end of this week.Picture Denis Minihane.

Playgrounds across Cork have started to re-open today, with plans to open all of Cork County and City Council’s playground facilities, multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment by the end of this week.

The facilities have been closed since early March as part of the measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Cork City Council’s parks staff inspected all playgrounds, skate parks and multi-use games areas this morning and say they anticipate the vast majority will open today.

Fitzgerald’s Park may not open until tomorrow, according to Cork City Council, as the local authority needs to remove a wasp nest there.

In the county, a phased re-opening of playground facilities, multi-use games areas and outdoor gym equipment has commenced today and will continue over the coming days.

Both local authorities have urged families who intend to use the facilities to ensure that parents/guardians supervise children and that they observe proper hygiene.

Cork County Council said parents/ guardians should bring hand sanitiser when visiting a playground and sanitise children’s hands prior to, during and after using playground equipment. 

It added: "Members of the public are reminded that public health advice continues to apply. In order to ensure that playgrounds can safely remain open, parents, guardians and those who return to enjoy our playgrounds are asked to continue: ensuring physical distancing between children; reminding children to avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth; asking children under your care have regard to the safe use of equipment and to the safety of others at all times, and adhering to the most up to date health advice."

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