Public parks and playgrounds to re-open in South Australia
SA Health have announced public outdoor parks and playgrounds can re-open now that we have low levels of cases and no current evidence of community transmission in South Australia.
With South Australia recording 10 straight days of no new COVID-19 cases, Chief Public Health Officer, Dr Nicola Spurrier, has written to councils around the state to recommend the re-opening of parks, playgrounds and fitness equipment from today.
Please note that while playgrounds were closed by the Federal Government in March, in South Australia our SA Government did not follow suit and actually ban playgrounds. Most councils followed the Federal Government guidelines and closed playgrounds themselves.
Information from SA Health:
Now that we have low levels of cases and there is no current evidence of community transmission in South Australia, it is safe to enjoy these public facilities again. More than 3% of South Australians have been tested and we have one of the highest testing per capita rates in the world.
The risk of COVID-19 transmission from outdoor parks, playgrounds and equipment is low and can be managed by following social distancing and hygiene precautions.
As at 3 May 2020, SA Health recommends to councils that parks, playgrounds and skate parks can re-open with signage reinforcing:
- Social distancing (keeping 1.5 metres from others)
- Size of gathering (should be 10 or less at any time)
- Information about hygiene requirements
SA Health also recommends councils clean playgrounds and equipment regularly. SA Health is also recommending increasing cleaning and disinfection of public amenities (e.g. public toilets).
We would add to this, to always sanitise hands or wash hands as soon as possible after a visit to a playground. Also if you arrive at a playground and there are too many people there to be able to social distance, then go somewhere else. It’s important for us to keep up the social distancing and hygiene practises that have kept our COVID-19 cases low in South Australia.
PLEASE NOTE: Your council will advise when your local parks and playgrounds (including dog parks) will re-open.
Each council will announce when they are ready for residents to return to their local parks and playgrounds. Families will need to wait until hazard tape and closure signs have been removed. We need to be aware that there are many playgrounds in council areas and it will take some time to get signage made and installed, and put in place other recommendations. Also, note that the Federal Government has not changed their ruling on playgrounds yet – they banned them from 30 March 2020.
The City of Marion, for example, have responded with the following:
SA Health has written to Councils last night (2 May 2020) to say playgrounds and skate parks can re-open this week provided measures are in place to protect health and safety.
These measures include regular cleaning of playgrounds and skate parks. We are also required to install signage around social distancing, limiting the size of gatherings to 10 people or less, and information about hygiene.
As a priority, Marion Council will work to re-open the 90+ venues for the community, which is a positive sign that SA is slowing the spread of COVID-19.
We are working through the technical requirements from SA Health and will endeavour to answer your questions soon.
Meantime, we will announce on social media and our website when you can safely return to our playgrounds and skate parks.
Message from the City of Holdfast Bay:
Following new advice from the Chief Public Health Officer, we are looking forward to reopening our playgrounds to the community soon. However please be aware that until hazard tape and closure signage has been removed, our playgrounds are not safe to access.
We have been performing some maintenance and upgrades on various playgrounds while they’ve been closed, so some equipment is currently missing and all of our spaces need to be cleaned and checked before being reopened to the community. Thank you for your patience.
Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor has said the City of Adelaide playgrounds should open by Monday afternoon.
Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge has said her council would move to re-open their playgrounds as quickly as possible, but they will need to install signage first at 147 playgrounds and 3 skate parks.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the SA Health website or follow the SA Health Facebook page.
What: Public Parks & Playgrounds Re-opening in South Australia
When: From early May 2020 – refer to your local council for dates
Where: South Australia
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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