From Monday 29 March, Watford Borough Council is managing the number of people using the reopened paddling pools at Cassiobury Park, allowing a maximum of 100 people within the area at any one time...
From Monday 29 March, Watford Borough Council is managing the number of people using the reopened paddling pools at Cassiobury Park, allowing a maximum of 100 people – including parents and guardians – within the area at any one time.
The well-used facility – which opens on 29 March - is expected to be more popular than ever this year, with the town seeing restrictions being eased as part of the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. With the predicted high number of people visiting the enclosed paddling pools and one in three people with the virus not showing symptoms, these restrictions are still critical to protecting the community, particularly with the more infectious Covid-19 strains.
Working on the one-in, one-out principle, people will be allowed within the gated area in two-hour slots as space becomes available. One gate for the paddling pools will be kept open and will be controlled by marshals, with signage in place across the park and paddling pools explaining the new rules to park users.
Every two hours, the paddling pools will be deep-cleaned for 30 minutes by staff. The paddling pools will be open from 10am to 6.30pm and will follow this schedule:
- 10am to 12noon – open
- 12noon to 12.30pm – closed for deep clean
- 12.30pm to 2.30pm – open
- 2.30pm to 3pm – closed for deep clean
- 3pm to 5pm – open
- 5pm to 5.30pm – closed for deep clean
- 5.30pm to 6.30pm – open
Paul Rabbitts, Head of Parks, Heritage and Culture said: “We recognise how important parks are for people’s daily exercise and general wellbeing and we are fortunate that Watford has so many great parks and outdoor spaces for people to visit. With lockdown being eased, taking this step means people can still enjoy the paddling pools in Cassiobury Park, but we must do all we can to make sure it is safe and that people are not risking their health or that of others.”
People must be extra careful when using the paddling pools or visiting the park:
- Please avoid crowded parks
- Don’t exercise if you have any symptoms or are self-isolating
- Follow all the guidance and instructions to help stop the spread of Covid-19
- Bring your own hand sanitiser and clean your hands / children’s hands before and after use
- Consider wiping down equipment before using it
- Keep to social distancing
- Don’t touch your face with your hands and encourage children not to do so
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue and dispose of it safely
- Don’t eat or drink when using the equipment
- Remember to wash your hands thoroughly when you get home