City’s playgrounds now closed

Closed playground
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. Cable ties secure the gate to a playground in Liverpool as playgrounds close across the city in the wake of coronavirus on 25 March 2020. Picture: Jennifer Bruce/Liverpool City Council.
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Playgrounds and other recreational facilities in parks and green spaces across Liverpool are now closed following new government guidance to protect the public from coronavirus.

Although parks and greenspaces are currently staying open to the public for daily exercise during the lockdown period, the following should now not be used:

  • Play areas
  • Recreational equipment such as outdoor gym equipment
  • Sports courts and multi-use games areas
  • Bowling greens
  • Walled gardens. 

Allotment holders can still visit council allotments but must respect social distancing advice and stay at least two metres away from other allotment users who are not from their household.

Signage will be placed on all areas and equipment and areas that do not have perimeter fencing will be taped off.

These closures follow government guidance and it will be an offence to use these areas and equipment.

During normal service, officers from Citywatch and Liverpool Street Scene Limited (LSSL) inspect these areas, doing so with the support of byelaws for pleasure grounds, public walks and open spaces.

Until further powers of enforcement are announced by the government, these officers will be encouraging people not to use these areas, highlighting the need to stay safe and protect others from the spread of infections.

Liverpool City Council asks that people support the collective effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus and if asked to move on by Citywatch and LSSL colleagues should do so.

For the latest on changes to council services please regularly visit www.liverpool.gov.uk/coronavirus