Ribble Valley playgrounds reopen but parents and children need to follow the rules to keep themselves safe

Play areas have reopened in the Ribble Valley and youngsters are asked to take five easy steps to ensure they play safely.

To stop the spread of coronavirus at Ribble Valley Borough Council’s 18 play areas, children are asked to keep their hands clean, take turns, use the playground clockwise, wipe the surfaces of equipment after use and socially distance from others.

Some swings have been tied up to help with social distancing and they are asked not to eat or drink in play areas, and take their litter, including disposable face masks and gloves, home.

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Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community committee, said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to open our play areas again and I would like to thank local families for being so patient during lockdown. Please have a wonderful time in our play areas and ensure you stay safe by following our five easy steps.”

Five-step "play safe" guidance for Ribble Valleys reopened play areas.

Five steps to playground fun:

1) Protect – wash your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, throw your tissues in a bin and wear a mask if necessary

2) Take turns – play on equipment that is not in use or wait your turn

3) Hygiene – wipe your child’s hands and equipment after use

4) Flow – use equipment in a clockwise direction

5) Social distancing – keep at least one metre apart from other people

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Ribble Valley Borough Council has 18 play areas across the borough, including several in Clitheroe and Longridge, and signage outlining the new guidance is available at each.