After carrying out a risk assessment on the playground at Arden Hall, we realised it would be too risky to re-open the children’s play area and so it remains closed for the time being. The risk is due to there being only one entrance into the area, lack of opportunity to maintain safe distancing requirements, and the requirement to clean all the equipment twice a day.

The outdoor gym equipment will be available for use, but please be sensible and remain alert to the associated risks from droplets and airborne particles. Government Advice is to take a towel with you when exercising, maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from other people and use a face mask. We will not be providing hand sanitiser, so bring your own and make sure you wash your hands with soap and water when you get home.

All the parish council’s open spaces are open to the public where you can gather in groups of no more than 2 households, observing social distancing arrangements.

It remains the case that team sports, including cricket, are not allowed. The park wardens will be on site at Arden Hall park during open-hours and all visitors are asked to respect their rights to a safe working environment.

Arden Hall can be used again but not for indoor fitness or dance classes. We are reviewing how best to accommodate our regular hirers and would ask everyone to bear with us so that we can get it right without putting anyone at risk.

The Pavilion can be used for licensed activities and, as the base for Castle Bromwich Cricket Club, will be open again from 4th July.

By now we are all following the new social etiquette for keeping safe from infection. After visiting our open spaces wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get home; use a tissue to sneeze or cough into (or the crook of your arm if no tissue available) and if travelling on public transport you are required to wear a face covering.

The office staff for the parish council and Arden Hall continue to work mainly from home. Although the phones are now being monitored daily the best way to contact staff continues to be by email to clerk@castlebromwichpc.gov.uk or hallmanager@castlebromwichpc.gov.uk

Parish Council meetings are now being held online. These meetings are open to the public and joining instructions can be found on each of the agendas on the meetings page here  The legal requirement to hold the annual meeting in May was relaxed as part of the Coronavirus Bill that was passed by government in early April.

The council’s annual finances are to be reviewed at the online council meeting on 24th June after which the accounts will be available for public inspection; more detail will be posted to the finance pages here

In the meantime, the council echoes the government advice to STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES.