Borough council-owned play areas in West Norfolk are being opened on a phased basis from this week.

A council spokesman said staff have undertaken an assessment of each of its 80-plus play areas  and the most frequently used will open first, one at a time, but it will take sometime to re-open them all.

Play areas at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn and Esplanade Gardens in Hunstanton will be the first to open, followed by Howdale and Memorial in Downham Market, followed by other areas of Lynn.

Each area will have its normal safety check and will be cleaned and equipment given an anti-bacterial coating.  

There will be signs to remind users of the risks and asking them to wash their hands/use sanitiser before and after use. 

Children should not touch their faces or consume food or drinks while using the play area.

Deputy council leader Elizabeth Nockolds said: “We must reiterate that equipment cannot be cleaned between each use.  

“Those whose children are using the play areas, must go prepared with anti-bacterial wipes or hand gel, so that they can reduce any risk of spreading the coronavirus, to keep themselves and others safe.”