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Facilities opening and services re-starting but cleaning requirements mean play areas and outdoor gyms remain closed for now

Sefton  residents will have more opportunities to exercise and stay physically healthy as restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus are gradually lifted a range of facilities and services are beginning to re-open and start up again.

Crosby’s Lakeside Adventure Centre, where staff are following strict government guidelines to help continue the fight against COVID-19, has now reopened with an exciting series of events.

Find out more about what’s happening at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.

However, the Government’s guidance suggesting that facilities such as playgrounds and outdoor gyms should be constantly sanitised, which would require staffing. With over 100 sites and more than 2,000 items of equipment, this just simply isn’t possible with the Council’s resources.

A spokesperson for the Council said: “The Council’s priority is keeping all our residents, especially children, safe which means this equipment will remain out of use for the time being.

“This is an ever-evolving situation, and as always, we will closely monitor further guidance from government as to when we can safely reopen our play areas and outdoor gyms.”

Active Sefton is making preparations to re-open its gyms, in line with the Government’s guidance and plan to announce an opening date soon. Increased cleaning schedules and sanitiser stations, online booking, additional work-out and changing space and direction signs will be among her measures in place when they do open. Staff will undergo additional training to help them keep visitors and themselves safe and users will be asked to follow new protocols.

Find out more about Active Sefton’s preparations.

Physical exercise, which can range from a gym or home work-out to going for a walk contributes to people’s mental and physical wellbeing. Fresh air, eating healthy and well-balanced meals, drinking enough water, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking, alcohol and drugs are also positive measures to staying well.

There is a section Health and Wellbeing Directory on the Sefton Council website, which contains advice and details of the support available during the coronavirus pandemic.