Pubs might be opening but Bedford’s play parks are to remain closed

Play Parks Closed
Bedford's play parks will all be open from Saturday 1 August, except Kingfisher Park in Wixams (not pictured)

While adults will have a chance to ‘play’ in their local pub from 4 July, some parents have reacted in disbelief that the borough’s play parks are to remain closed for the time being.

Bedford Borough Council made the announcement today, saying that concerns over Bedford’s ongoing high infection rate is to blame.

They’ll remain closed until at least next weekend, when an investigation into the Borough’s infection rate is due to present its findings.

Read: Bedford’s coronavirus investigation findings available in two weeks

When this happens, “we will look again at this decision and see if it is safe to open our parks”, said Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment.

“We know this will be disappointing for many families, and it is not a decision we have taken lightly.”

But despite pubs, hairdressers and other businesses being able to open, play parks will remain quiet and empty.

Which has disappointed parents and children across the town.

“Our top priority is to keep people safe and help slow the spread of the virus and we are asking people to work with us, and respect this ongoing closure,” added Cllr Royden.

Play parks are one of the few places the Borough Council has control over.

While businesses opening this weekend will have strict measures in place, including constant cleaning, parks and contact with strangers is less easily controlled.

Updated signage is being posted at parks this week, with some play areas locked and secured.

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