Blacktown Is The First to Close All Playgrounds in Sydney

Blacktown Council has announced that all playgrounds in the LGA will now be closed until further notice.

It comes as Sydney was hit with its biggest day of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, recording a staggering 633 in total.

Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale stated that NSW Police advised that all children’s playgrounds, park equipment and outdoor gym equipment at parks and reserves should be closed.

That also included the removal of basketball hoops.

“Police tell us that on occasions, these areas are being used for ‘recreation’ which is not permitted under the current Health Orders and this poses a risk of people ‘gathering’ and spreading the COVID 19 virus,” Mayor Bleasdale said.

From the morning of Wednesday 18 August, council workers were already at the playgrounds alerting parents of the closure.

Since lockdown was announced back in early June, it’s no secret that parents have been concerned about playgrounds closing like it did during the first wave back in 2021.

Earlier this week, Melbourne made the decision to close all playgrounds and parks in the city. Only time will tell if the rest of Sydney will follow suit. 

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