AFTER almost four months, playgrounds in Conwy have opened once more.

Conwy County Borough Council has began reopening play areas and outdoor gyms for the first time since lockdown began in March.

More than 120 play areas and outdoor gyms will be reopened during the week start Monday, July 20, after equipment safety checks.

The Council has stressed that parents and carers have an important role in making sure everyone is safe.

“Because the play areas have been out of action for a while, our inspectors will be checking that all the equipment is safe before they open,” said Cllr Greg Robbins, cabinet member for environment and transportation.

“However, as we cannot guarantee that play areas are Covid-free we are asking all parents, grandparents and carers to follow sensible precautions to keep their families safe.”

The precautions include regular hand cleaning and social distancing during play, and not eating or drinking in the play area. Adults can also wipe the equipment using anti-bacterial wipes before and after use,

There should also only be one adult per family unit to keep numbers down, and only one family at a time using larger pieces of play equipment.

Families are also asked to be aware of how many people are on the play area and if it is not possible to follow social distancing, not to enter.

Cllr Robbins added:“If a play area is already busy, we recommend that families come back later, so they can keep a safe distance from others outside their household."

The play areas at Capel Curig and Cae’r Felin in Llanrwst and at Gwytherin will remain closed due to flood damage, with work planned to begin removing silt and debris this month.