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Parents across Southport are calling on Sefton Council to reopen to the town’s playgrounds.

Playgrounds were shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic but Government guidelines stated that facilities could reopen from July 4th.

One parent told OTS News: “I’ve witnessed parents having to climb over fences and lift their children over too, probably because they’ve told the children they’re open and don’t want to upset them any more than they already are.”

“There are parks open all over the place in other councils, so their current excuses for not opening don’t really wash.”

Asked about the current situation regarding playgrounds, a spokesperson for Sefton Council told OTS News: “The latest government guidance suggests locations such as playgrounds and outdoor gyms be staffed and constantly sanitised.

“With over a hundred sites and more than 2,000 items of equipment this just simply isn’t possible within the resources we have available.

“The Council’s priority is keeping our residents, especially children, safe and as such we will keep play and other equipment out of use for the time being. This is an ever evolving situation, and as always, we will closely monitor further guidance from government as to when we can safely reopen our play areas and outdoor” gyms.”

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