'PLAY areas, playgrounds and open air gyms are NOT open'

That is the message from Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) who is reminding residents and visitors to parks and open spaces that the use of play areas, playgrounds and open air gym equipment is still not allowed under Government rules.

SDC said it is because it is impossible to keep the equipment clean between different children using it and to maintain social distancing.

The council said there have been reports of children using the play areas in Manor Gardens in Burnham-on-Sea and Apex Park in Highbridge.

It is possible that they have climbed over fences to get into the areas and some of the equipment is open-plan and spread out but there is barrier tape around the equipment and signs.

A spokesperson for SDC, said: “We know it must be really frustrating to see all that lovely play and exercise equipment and not being able to use it, but we would remind parents and residents that the areas are closed for good reasons and to keep children and adults safe.

"At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

  • visit friends and family in their homes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground