FOUNTAIN Fields play area in Middlewich will reopen on Monday, July 6, but parents are being warned not to let their children hog the equipment.

Cheshire East Council says it is following recent Government guidance to reopen its play areas and outdoor gyms safely, carrying out risk assessments at each of its sites.

It is adding measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus at Fountain Fields, with food banned and families urged to bring sanitiser.

Fountain Fields is one of the first facilities that will reopen across the borough, with smaller sites set to follow as soon as possible.

Cllr Laura Crane, CEC cabinet member with responsibility for green space, said: "I know that many children across the borough have greatly missed using our play areas, especially in the nice weather that we’ve had recently.

"These thoughts are echoed by the many residents who have been keen to further their fitness routine in our outdoor gym areas.

"Users of the facilities will be reminded of the need to keep a distance from other users and parents should take responsibility for their children and ensure they play apart from others, are respectful of queues for play equipment and play considerately, by not hogging equipment that others are waiting for.

“Food will not be allowed in or around the play areas and all users, including children, will need to remember to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser after using the equipment.

"It is important that users follow our guidance and use the areas responsibly, so everyone can enjoy them."