Following rigorous coronavirus safety checks Harlow’s playgrounds have reopened today (July 31).

The town's 43 playgrounds were closed in March due to government restrictions relating to COvid-19.

Following safety inspections to ensure equipment ready for use the council is now opening them up to the public.

Cllr Danny Purton, portfolio holder for environment, said: "I am so pleased for all the families who regularly use our playgrounds that they are opening again. It has been such a long time for them without these important community facilities so it's great that they will be able to go out and start enjoying them again.

"I would just ask that everyone using the playgrounds take note of the new rules we've put in place for your safety, and that you continue to practice social distancing whilst there.

“I also want to say thank you to officers at the council and HTS for working hard together to get the playgrounds ready again for use in such short timescales.”

The inclusive playground located next to Pets' Corner will remain closed as it requires repairs due to vandalism.

Signage will be in place with guidance on safety requirements at the playgrounds.

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