Playgrounds reopen, recovery begins

Article image - Playgrounds reopen, recovery begins Playgrounds are reopening across South Australia.

Local playgrounds and skate parks have begun reopening as South Australia takes its first steps towards recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acting on advice from Chief Public Health Officer, Professor Nicola Spurrier, on 4 May councils began reopening play spaces which have been closed since the beginning of April. COVID-19 cases in South Australia have been sustained at very low levels with no current evidence of community transmission.

As a result, the risk of COVID-19 transmission from outdoor parks, playgrounds and equipment is considered low and can be managed by following social distancing and hygiene precautions.

Mid-Murray Council will prioritise the reopening of playgrounds which are not linked to other facilities still closed or restricted by State or Federal Government COVID-19 measures.

A cleaning program for the reopened playgrounds will be established to maximise public health and safety.

Mid Murray Mayor, Dave Burgess, said the move was an early step towards easing restrictions in the district.

“Reopening our playgrounds will offer children and families an important outlet for physical activity and fun.

“While I’m sure many families will embrace the return to our play spaces, it’s so important that we continue to do the right thing by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, staying 1.5 metres away from others, washing hands regularly and not visiting public places if they’re unwell or have been in contact with someone who is ill.