More facilities in Sheffield’s parks are to reopen from today (Monday 8 June), with skateparks, basketball courts and multi-use games areas now available across the city.
Since the Government announced changes to Coronavirus restrictions, allowing outdoor sports facilities to reopen and allowing groups of up to six people from different households to meet outdoors, Sheffield’s parks and countryside service have been working to reopen some facilities where safe to do so.
Tennis courts and bowling greens were reopened for use in May, and now the city’s basketball courts, skateparks and multi-use games areas will also be reopened.
Sheffield City Council has completed risk assessments and implemented measures that will allow people to safely use these facilities and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council said:
“These facilities are predominantly used by our younger residents, so I’m really pleased that we’re able to reopen them and allow our young people to get back out there and enjoy the sports and activities they love.
“We’ve put measures and rules in place that will allow people to use these sports areas while still being able to social distance, and I have to stress that everyone must stick to them. No more than six people in a group and those from different households must remain two metres apart.
“I really want everyone to be able to enjoy some of their hobbies again and to stay physically active, but I also want everyone to keep well and healthy.
“These areas don’t operate booking systems so we have to rely on everyone being considerate and sharing the facilities fairly and safely.
“Signs will be in place at all sites advising of the new measures and rules of use.”
These include but are not limited to:
- When entering and using facilities, remain 2m apart from anyone from a different household at all times.
- No buildings, toilets or welfare facilities will be available and they will remain locked.
- If meeting with groups of up to six people from different households, follow social distancing guidelines (Continue to follow Government advice)
- Participants must use their own equipment.
- Practise good hygiene by cleaning hands before and after play.
- No washing facilities will be available, users must supply their own hand gels and dispose appropriately.
- If Sheffield City Council staff or contractors are working in the court or surrounding areas, no play must be undertaken until advised.
Anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, and those who are listed by the Government as being in the ‘at risk’ groups should stay at home. If you do experience symptoms, you should book a test online, and if you test positive, you must inform the NHS Test and Trace service.
Sheffield City Council will be monitoring the use of reopened facilities to makes sure guidelines are being followed.
Playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment, parkour structures and toilets remain closed in Sheffield’s parks.