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Council leader: no room for 'complacency'

Walmer Road Playground

Childrens’ play areas in Lewes will reopen from Saturday (July 4) in line with government guidance on easing lockdown measures. 

Lewes District Council’s Neighbourhood First team is working hard to carry out safety inspections and essential maintenance ahead of playgrounds ahead of their reopening. 

Children should not use them while they are still closed and important checks are taking place. 

Councillor Julie Carr, Cabinet Member for Open Spaces, said: “I’m delighted our play areas will be open again and accessible to local families to enjoy.

“We’re fortunate in Lewes district to have so many wonderful parks, gardens and areas for young, and older children, let’s hope the weather is kind on Saturday for them all.”

Parents are advised that once playgrounds reopen, they are responsible for their children’s hand hygiene, and good practice such as applying sanitiser before and after using the equipment is recommended to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “The government’s decision to ease the lockdown from Saturday does not mean an end to the social distancing that we’ve become accustomed to.

“I hope residents can enjoy the greater freedoms, but to do that in a sensible and considered manner.

“As we have seen in Leicester, Covid-19 remains a very real and present threat and we must not become complacent to it.”

Signs will be displayed in playgrounds as a reminder of this and the importance of following social distancing. 

All public toilets in Lewes have already reopened. 

The facilities are open usual summertime hours, from 8am to 7pm, and are cleaned twice daily. 

People using the toilets are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and requested to wash their hands after using the facilities.