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MUGA partly reopening... but not the playground

posted 12 May 2020, 13:11 by N Day   [ updated 12 May 2020, 13:12 ]

The good news

The Government is easing lockdown restrictions, so with effect from Wednesday 13th May the Great Gransden MUGA (Multi-use games area) in Fox Street is now open... but with restrictions. Basically, only one household can use it at a time - but you can be joined by at most one other person, provided all the rules about social distancing are followed. Also, you must not use it if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is (or should be) shielding or self-isolating.

(In practice, it's best to restrict your MUGA time to , as the 2-meter social distancing guideline is for when you're all standing still: if you're exercising together, the safe distance is much further than that!)

The bad news

The children's play equipment remains out of bounds, as the Covid-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces for some time.

The background

As described in an earlier post, during the first phase of the Covid-19 lockdown the govenment order all outdoor facilities such as our MUGA and the children's playground. As announced in a FAQ on the 11th of MAY (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces--outdoor-activities--exercise), the restrictions have been eased with effect from the 13th of May:

1.3 Are you reopening tennis courts / golf courses / basketball courts etc

Yes. Sports courts can re-open, but you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets.

You should not use these facilities if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

Another document, entitled 'Staying safe outside your home' (also published on the 11th of May) talked about the 2-metre rule:

1. Keep your distance from people outside your household

Whilst recognising this will not always be possible, it is important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. Therefore, you are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person in the street.

Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.

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4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household

You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.

The plea

Please help us all get though the Covid-19 safely, and help avoid further spikes in the pandemic, by following the rules and guidelines!