Official government guidance states that play parks are “primarily” open for those who do not have access to private outdoor space, sparking confusion over whether those with gardens are expected to play only at home.
Health secretary Matt Hancock this morning said that “of course” parents are free to go to parks to exercise with their children.
And Boris Johnson’s official spokesman confirmed that this applied to playgrounds.
The spokesman stressed that adults should not use a trip to the play equipment as an excuse for socialising with fellow-parents And he said they must maintain two-metre social distancing, even though this is not required from children at play.
Confusion arose after a Cabinet Office spokesman highlighted official government advice published in its coronavirus guidance, which says: Playgrounds are primarily open for use by children who do not have access to private outdoor space, like their own garden.”