PLAY areas in Trafford have begun to reopen after lockdown, it has been announced.

Council bosses say they are reopening playgrounds gradually and have deep cleaned everything beforehand.

With more than 80 play parks across the borough, it’s expected it will take between three and four weeks for all of them to be open again.

The first to reopen are Hullard Park, Longford Park, Davyhulme Park, Flixton Park, Stamford Park, John Leigh Park, Worthington Park and Walton Park, with more to follow in the coming days.

This will follow further deep cleaning work.

Cllr Liz Patel, the council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “It is fantastic that we are able to open our play areas again.

“I would like to thank all the parents and children for being so patient during lockdown.

"It has been very difficult but we needed to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“If your play area isn’t open immediately, we are grateful for your continued patience as we need to make sure the equipment is cleaned and safe for use.

“Once your park is opened, I hope the weather is good and that you all have a wonderful time in the play areas.

"But please remain responsible, stay socially distant, and both adults and children need to follow good hygiene practices to ensure the play areas can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Once play areas have been cleaned, there will be signs saying the playground is open for use but parks without the signs will still be closed and should not be used yet.

After reopening, the council said play areas will be cleaned as required, especially regular touch points.