CORK County Council has taken the decision to close its playgrounds amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak but City Hall says its playgrounds will remain open for now.
As part of the measures in the county, all council operated playgrounds, skate parks, and multi-use games areas are being closed, and where this cannot physically be done, Cork County Council said appropriate signage will be erected to warn against their use.
In a statement, the local authority said that it acknowledges the specific HSE advice to parents on playgrounds which states: “While some playgrounds may be closed, those that are open may still be visited — but it is important to stress that appropriate social distancing, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette measures need to be maintained in all situations.”
However, the statement added: “Cork County Council recognises that in the present circumstances, and particularly recognising that schools are closed, that weather conditions are improving and that there was significant usage of playgrounds over last weekend, it is prudent to take these step in the interests of public welfare.”
The issue was also raised at a special meeting of Cork City Council where Cllr Colm Kelleher called for playgrounds operated by the local authority to be shut. He said he was concerned that the concept of social distancing was alien to children in playgrounds. The Fianna Fáil councillor said that management advised that playgrounds would remain open for now, unless there was a directive to close them.