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Playgrounds open to all children in lockdown, No 10 insists

Downing Street has moved to clarify that all children are allowed to use public playgrounds in England during the coronaviruslockdown. Official government guidance…

By admin , in UK , at February 11, 2021 Tags: ,

Downing Street has moved to clarify that all children are allowed to use public playgrounds in England during the coronaviruslockdown.

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.

Parents have been demanding clearer guidance after two brothers aged 6 and 8 were told to go home by police as they made a snowman in a London park. The boys’ father Tim Greany said they were told they should stick to playing in their garden, even though their flat does not have one.

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.”

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