How to Play Safely at the Park During the Pandemic | AD

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Picture of my three children sat on the top of a slide, with me standing next to it all smiling.
PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON www.stphotos.co.uk

It’s so nice to have parks open again isn’t it? The children and I really missed them when they were closed during lockdown. We’ve got so many lovely parks in Bracknell, which we are really grateful for. Whenever we used to walk past they would ask when they can go into them again. It seemed so sad to see the signs and padlocks on the gates.

Which meant we were so excited when they were open again, to be able to go and play on the swings and slides. I have to admit to being a bit nervous the first time they ventured out too. Working out the best way to keep us all safe and enjoy playgrounds during a pandemic.

Through the summer holidays so far, we have mainly been sticking to outdoor areas as I think of them as safer. Studies has shown there is less risk of transmission outside. But there are a few things I do to keep my family safe when I visit.

Top Tips for Staying Safe at the Park During the Pandemic

Picture of a toddler on a swing in a lime green cardigan
PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON www.stphotos.co.uk

These tips are what I do to the best of my ability, at the end of the day they are children and some of these things, particularly social distancing, are hard. But I try to encourage them to do the best they can and chat to them before I go about things they can do to keep us all safe.

  • Use hand sanitiser when we arrive, before we enter the park
  • Use hand sanitiser before the children have a drink or snack while out and about
  • Encourage them not to pick up anything off the floor, or touch their faces
  • Try and encourage them to social distance and play separately from other children – I’ll be honest and say this is a tricky one and we do our best
  • After we have finished playing, hand sanitise before we walk home
  • All thoroughly wash our hands when we get home. This is becoming a bit like second nature now and we do this every time we go out. All queuing up to go into the downstairs cloakroom!
Picture of me in a strawberry jumpsuit, sat next to Aria on a spinner in the park. Both of us laughing.
PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON www.stphotos.co.uk

I do these thing to keep my family safe, but also other families safe too. But also, because it is just so nice to have the parks open and I really don’t want them to have to close again.

I hope they help and keep safe. Have a watch of my video with these top tips below.

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How to Play Safely at the Park During the Pandemic. My simple tips on how to keep your family and others safe when you play at the park

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