Updated 1 March 2021
At level 3, Playcentres do not operate. Staff will continue to be paid during lockdowns.
As a basic rule, neither members nor employees should be entering Playcentres during Level 3. Playcentres are still closed and accessing them is not required for essential purposes.
Children are not to enter any Playcentre for any reason during Level 4 or Level 3.
There are a couple of situations where an adult may need to access the Playcentre, and we have outlined these below.
In order for any of these to occur however they need to:
Property projects: where there was a pre-planned property project that was scheduled to occur now, and the contractor is able to operate safely in Level 3 – this can occur. One person from the centre can provide access to the centre to the contractor (if required) and lock up afterwards but does not need to be present during the work.
Collecting paperwork: where there is paperwork sitting at the centre, that the Centre Admin or another member needs in order to carry out work from home – one person can go into the centre to collect the necessary paperwork, and take it home to email or share electronically with others.
Mowing the lawns: One person can go in to mow the lawns if this is needed.
Checking on centre/feeding pets: In general, you should not need to check on the centre, however someone who lives nearby and can walk past can do an external quick check. If there is a need to feed a pet/fish that is in the centre and hasn’t been taken home, one person should be assigned to do this, with a clear schedule of when they will be going in to do so.
For any of the above situations the contact person needs to be notified and will coordinate and record any visits, while keeping them to a minimum.
A reminder that playgrounds are still closed, so no children (or adults!) should be playing on the playground equipment. If toys and equipment have been taken home prior to the lockdown they will need to be cleaned and disinfected prior to being returned – once we reopen – and should not be being passed from family to family.