Summer of playGet involved
Summer of playGet involved
Updated 7 July 2021
Play streets are a really positive, low cost, resident-led activity which enable safe, socially-distanced physical activity and neighbourly connection. After this most challenging year, what better way to emerge, heal and re-connect? Research presented to SAGE in November recommends the temporary pedestrianisation of streets as a safe, equitable alternative to cramped indoor socialising. We now know that transmission of the virus outdoors is far less likely than indoors.
See here for updates on what each nation’s rules mean for outdoor play in general.
Read more below on what Covid means for play streets. Click on the links below to jump to a topic.
It is looking likely that all restrictions on social gatherings will ease on 19 July, which would of course include play streets.
Many areas have already re-started play streets, or at least opened applications up (see list below). It is ultimately a judgment for each area to make, as play streets don’t always fit neatly into the guidance. Currently in England, gatherings of up to 30 people can take place outdoors. It’s important to recognise that a play street is not an organised public event or even really a ‘gathering’ – it is simply a way for neighbours to make use of the public space on their doorstep.
Given that pubs are open, we see absolutely no reason why play streets – which are outdoors and with people spread out across the street – shouldn’t go ahead.
Whether you are a resident, activist, council officer or community worker, you can contribute to a summer of play.
Temporary Play Streets are short, resident-led road closures on quiet residential streets that open up extra outdoor public space for neighbours to use responsibly and safely. There are many good reasons to think about play streets as part of healing and emerging from the impact of covid and lockdown:
As many people are feeding back to us:
“Play streets could be a wonderful way both to mark more freedom and to hang on to some of the good things that have been part of this challenging time. And, in fact, to build on these.”
With the current road map making it clear that play streets can happen this summer, many councils are getting a policy in place or thinking about how to make it easier for residents to apply.
At Playing Out, we have over 10 years of experience in supporting residents to open up their street space, and supporting councils across the UK to get good policies in place that allow parents and residents to self-organise. We can help you!
If you work in a council:
If you are a parent/resident:
These are just the areas who have been in touch with us so far… there are undoubtedly many more.
Read about two residents who started playing out during lockdown:
“We live on such a rat run, it was amazing the difference it made. Very, very heart-warming.”