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Council play areas to reopen early July

As easing of Executive restrictions continue, there was some good news for families trying to keep little ones entertained, as Mid Ulster District Council gets ready to reopen its play areas across the district from Friday 10 July.

Following safety inspections at all sites, signage will be installed to remind visitors of the need to follow appropriate hygiene measures and adhere to social distancing requirements when using the areas.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan welcomed the news, saying,

"Access to opportunities for unstructured play is vitally important so that children can enjoy the health benefits of exercising and playing outdoors. Children who do so have been shown to be happier, healthier, more confident and less anxious.

“We know it’s been a long time for our families to go without play areas, especially for those with limited outdoor space to play, and it is due to the personal sacrifice of so many that we can all start to enjoy activities and places that we once did without even thinking about it. To continue that progress, we are asking visitors to our play areas to ‘play’ their own part in keeping themselves safe by adhering to all the safety guidance in place.”

To find a play area near you, visit the Council’s interactive map at,-play-open-spaces/play-near-me

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