A BOROUGH has reopened its 18 play areas closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Ribble Valley Council is asking youngsters and their parents to take five steps to ensure children can play safely.

Some swings have been tied up to help with social distancing and users are asked not to eat or drink in play areas and to take their litter, including disposable face masks and gloves, home with them.

Cllr Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Council’s community committee, said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to open our play areas again and I would like to thank local families for being so patient during lockdown.

“Please have a wonderful time in our play areas and ensure you stay safe by following our five easy steps.”

The council's five steps to safe playground fun are: wash your hands regularly, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, throw your tissues in a bin and wear a mask if necessary; play on equipment that is not in use or wait your turn; wipe your child’s hands and equipment after use; use equipment in a clockwise direction; and keep at least one metre apart from other people,

Ribble Valley Council has 18 play areas across the borough, including several in Clitheroe and Longridge, and signage outlining the new guidance is displayed at each.