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Do you think outdoor children's play areas will open?

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Keepgoing88 Thu 07-May-20 09:06:22

Basically this. It's the one thing I am missing for the kids. Just speculating really as to when people think they might open? I mean the ones with equipment like slides etc

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Bagelsandbrie Thu 07-May-20 09:09:16

I am hoping for this as well. It would making some of the other restrictions bearable for a bit longer.

Bagelsandbrie Thu 07-May-20 09:09:38

*make

Whitney101 Thu 07-May-20 09:09:54

I guess if you weigh up the risk of opening vs the benefit gained then outdoor play parks would fair quite well? Depends how badly they want to keep children apart but as soon as schools start opening that all goes out the window anyway.

Keepgoing88 Thu 07-May-20 09:12:50

It would make so many parents lives just that little bit easier. I know play groups are not opening any soon (I doubt anyway!) And over summer they don't usually run anyway so I would normally spend a lot of time going to local parks with my 3. If they don't open they will have a more stressed out mum and will run riot even more!!

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lemonsandlimes123 Thu 07-May-20 11:04:33

Unfortunately they don't really get cleaned and children are pretty grim in terms of hygiene so I can't imagine why you would want to take your child to place where lots of other children have had their hands all over the equipment.

Camomila Thu 07-May-20 11:19:25

I'm not sure they'll be opened that soon as children won't social distance.

DH read in the news we might be allowed picnics from Monday, that cheered DS1 up lots, he's a big picnic fan 😊

mealychump Thu 07-May-20 11:33:53

I think if they open them whilst the schools are closed, they will be too busy. Unfortunately. Especially in more built up areas.

Hugglespuffed Thu 07-May-20 11:53:03

If they open I won't be using them. How would social distancing be enforced? And if it was (which it wouldn't be) how would it bet cleaned between uses? I don't really know what I hope from next week, maybe a few more shops opened where social distancing could happen. But I won't be taking kids anywhere that social distancing couldn't easily be implemented.

GeriGeranium Thu 07-May-20 12:09:33

I doubt they’ll open till the schools do.

Underhisi Thu 07-May-20 12:19:12

My son is in school ( special) and they are restricting particular outdoor equipment to various groups of children and are only allowing a few at a time on each play area.

NaturalCleaningParticles Thu 07-May-20 12:36:27

I wouldn't take my kids to them if they opened, as they will likely be very busy and kids aren't generally very giod with hygiene or social distancing. But it should be left to parents to decide, we can't all hide forever (I'm just trying to hold off as long as possible).

MereDintofPandiculation Thu 07-May-20 12:53:12

It's not just the social distancing, it's the cleaning of equipment between one child using it and the next

ifonly4 Thu 07-May-20 13:03:40

No, they'll be too much different contact with children. Our local school is looking at use of equipment, ie bringing children's own skipping ropes/other equipment in, races, football rounders, ie things that don't involve contact with equipment and that's when the actually go back.

PumpkinP Thu 07-May-20 13:08:22

God no imagine how busy they would be!

sonypony Thu 07-May-20 13:36:33

I hope not until schools do or they'll be absolutely packed. It will be very hard to tell DS he can't go when everyone else is (right by our house so he'll know).

Springhere Thu 07-May-20 14:04:20

I think they will open them at the same time as primary schools. Social distancing is impossible in playgrounds but that won't make much difference if schools are open too.

MrsP2015 Thu 07-May-20 14:12:51

I'd love to take mine to the park- but wouldn't even if they opened.

Far too risky for everything said already- plus arguments between adults when their dc get too close/ cough/ push etc.

Plus the older kids/ teens that like to hang around parks, I'm not sure how respectful of rules they would be?

I think it should just be open air outdoor places.

Bigfishylittlefishy Thu 07-May-20 14:51:52

I’m not sure, but the picnic thing could be good??

Fedup21 Thu 07-May-20 14:55:32

God, no-they’ll be filthy! Would you really want to take your children somewhere like that next week?!

OnlyFoolsnMothers Thu 07-May-20 14:57:15

I heard on the radio that’s children’s play areas and gyms will remain closed.
I think its ridiculous, the virus isn’t going anywhere, once we start mixing in anyway the numbers will rise. God open up and give us a slide!

Keepgoing88 Thu 07-May-20 14:57:34

@fedup21 yes. Yes I would

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OnlyFoolsnMothers Thu 07-May-20 14:58:02

Would you really want to take your children somewhere like that next week?! yes!!!!
The virus isn’t going anywhere and vaccine is months and months away - so yes I want to get back to normal

blue25 Thu 07-May-20 15:00:33

No, they’re so unhygienic. Mucky hands over everything & they hardly get cleaned.

Hadenoughfornow Thu 07-May-20 16:37:24

I would say this would be a sensible thing.

And as long as parents socially distance I wouldn't worry too much about the kids.

If you want to get schools back then surely this is a little thing that can be done 1st.

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