Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Difficult decision taken to cancel summer Play Days - but summer fun will continue

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Playdays and other summer activities have brought joy to people in the area for the last 10 years, and it is with great sadness that they will not be happening this year due to restrictions for public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alternative fun and safe activities are being explored to provide play for families in South Somerset such as online play activities, much like our learning activities which can be found at www.southsomerset.gov.uk/childrensactivities. We will provide more details shortly.

Councillor Mike Best said: “It is hard to see Playdays and other summer activities cancelled for this year, they are events that we all look forward to. But at this time we have to think about the safety of our communities and the right thing to do is to cancel.

ACTIVITIES DURING THE NATIONAL PLAY DAY

“All is not lost however, we are looking into alternative ways of bringing fun to the children of South Somerset. We are also looking forward to bringing Playdays back next year and hoping that you will join us for more family fun.”

Activities such as 4 Youth Days and Schools Out activities have also been cancelled. There is hope that the Schools Out programme may start again at October Half Term this year.

READ MORE: See our latest Coronavirus advice here

Playdays are organised and funded by the Locality Team at South Somerset District Council (SSDC) and offer a huge variety of activities and experiences for children and young people across South Somerset.

Yeovil Town Council and Yarlington contribute to the funding of School’s Out activities for children in their local communities in Yeovil.

Several thousands of people attended the Playday events last year, with the National Playday being the most popular. Other sessions, such as Somerton, saw in excess of 800 people come and join in the fun.

Make sure to stay updated for all the latest news and information on our Play & Youth South Somerset Facebook page.

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