MORE than 50 public playgrounds in Sedgemoor are set to re-open from Saturday (July 4).

Sedgemoor District Council's Clean Surroundings team has been busy working to make sure the district's play areas, outdoor gyms, ball courts and skate parks will be ready to use after being shut for more than three months.

Grass and weeds are being cut, all playground equipment will be inspected carefully to make sure that it is safe to use and signage is being put in place.

A spokesman for Sedgemoor District Council said: "We want children to enjoy the play areas, but would remind parents and people who use the equipment of some basic, common-sense guidelines to follow for safe use.

"Play equipment is used at the individual's own risk, and all visitors should wash or sanitise their hands before entering the play area and again when leaving.

"Do no enter if the facility appears busy and avoid equipment already in use, and for outdoor gym equipment, bring your own towel and hygiene products to wipe down equipment after use."

Food and drink will not be allowed in the playground, and visitors are encouraged put their rubbish in a bin or take it home.