Rec Play area 1From Basingstoke and Deane:

Play areas and outdoor gyms are set to reopen from 4th July

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council has announced that Play areas and outdoor gyms are set to reopen from Saturday 4th July in line with the latest government guidance.

The Borough Council will start reopening its 150 play areas from Saturday 4th July and is asking residents to be patient while the necessary health and safety inspections are carried out and signage is installed at each location.

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The council’s play inspection team will also be reopening 50 play areas belonging to parish and town councils in the borough as well as outdoor gyms.

Children playBefore each play area and outdoor gym can be safely reopened it must be inspected and residents are asked not to use the equipment until the council’s team has carried out this work and declared it fit for use.

Families and those wishing to exercise on the gym equipment will also be asked to follow the latest social distancing guidance when using the facilities.

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