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Outdoor children's activities

Mid Kent Environmental Health

Guidance for outdoor children's activities opening up on the 29 March 2021.


What do I need to do?


Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to determine the hazards and risk associated with your business.

  • Step 1 - Identify hazards
  • Step 2 - Identify who can be harmed
  • Step 3 – Assess the risk
  • Step 4 - Implement control measures
  • Step 5 – Review regularly

Check out the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website for guidance on risk assessments.

You should look at government guidance regularly as you prepare to restart activities as it can change quickly.

You should follow any advice and guidance given by your sport’s governing body.

Key date


29 March 2021

Central government has been clear in their message that the dates suggested for each phase of the reopening is a guide only. The actual dates that each stage occur will be informed by data and subject to four distinct tests.

See here for guidance see here for legislation.

Key points


tick to indicate things to do

icon of outdoors with trees and children  Host all children’s activities outdoors.
sign for female and male toilets Toilet facilities are ok to use.
covid secure sign Ensure you are Covid-secure.
people wearing masks Wear a face covering if going inside.
sign for NHS Test and Trace Ensure that you follow contact tracing rules.

Do not...

x to indicate things not to do

only 15 Do not host outdoor parent and child activities for more than 15 people (not counting under 5’s).
only 6 Do not let parents gather in groups of more than 6 or two households / linked households.
icons of house with an X Do not allow gatherings at a private dwelling.

Points to consider

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  • How are you going to ensure toilets do not become
  • How will you ensure social distancing?
  • Do you have sufficient PPE?
  • How and when will you sanitise any equipment?
  • Do you have hand sanitiser?
  • Do you have a track and trace system in place?
  • Do you need a prebooking system?
  • Download your signage from our posters and signs for businesses page

Contact for advice

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Mid Kent Environmental Health Services

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