Covid-19: managing the risks at the playground

Help us all to be safe!

Covid-19 safety rules for parents and children at Lollard Street Adventure Playground*

*Revised November 2020

The coronavirus can infect people without them knowing, and children are especially likely to show only mild or even no symptoms, even though they are carrying the virus. An asymptomatic child can still infect others, who may then become seriously ill.

Since opening in the summer, we have learned more about how best to manage the risks on the playground. In this light, and taking account of the most current government guidance, we have reviewed our risk assessment and revised our approach.

The biggest change is that we are now admitting only 15 children per day. This is because government guidance says groups of no more than 15 children should mix together in after-school clubs and holiday play schemes, and the nature of free play on an adventure playground makes it unmanageable to keep groups apart without children feeling excluded or constrained.

Government guidance also says that groups should, as far as possible, consist of children who may mix with each other in other settings. Therefore we are allocating primary school children to one group and secondary to another, with the playground open to each group in turn on alternate days.

Thank you.


Please do not send/bring your child to the playground …

  1. If they or any of your family has any of the Covid-19 symptoms:

    • A new continuous cough

    • A high temperature

    • A loss or change of smell/taste.

      If you have symptoms, tell your family or teacher and they will apply for you to be tested.

  2. If your child or any of your family has tested positive for Covid-19. The test centre will tell you what to do.

  3. If your child has been told to self-isolate by their school or public health officials.

  4. Within the quarantine period after travelling back from certain countries. (Please check the latest government information).

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe.


Rules for children at the playground

  1. Only come to the playground on Tuesday and Wednesday if you are in primary school, or Thursday and Friday if you are in secondary school.

  2. Stay socially distant (2m) from others when queuing to enter

  3. Wash your hands for 20 seconds after signing in.

  4. Go straight outside after signing in.

  5. Remain outside unless needing the toilet, or your group is given time to play inside.

  6. Remain 1-2m apart from others as much as possible. Avoid close or direct contact.

  7. Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using the toilet, and before eating and drinking anything.

  8. If you need to sneeze or blow your nose, use a tissue and throw it away immediately afterwards. If you don’t have a tissue, ask a member of staff.

  9. If you begin to feel unwell, tell a member of staff immediately.

Thank you. Please stay safe … and have fun!


A full copy of our Covid-19 risk assessment can be downloaded here.