Coronavirus - provisional guidance for the soft play sector

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What does this involve?

This guidance is for the soft play sector in Scotland. Soft play centres have been required to remain closed by law and this provisional guidance is to assist the sector to prepare for re-opening at a future date in line with the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland’s Strategic Framework.

This guidance has been designed to be applied to all indoor play centres and settings with soft play equipment, such as play cafes. Soft play is defined as: children's play facilities or equipment constructed from soft materials and components, and intended to provide a safe environment for play and exercise (frequently in soft play areas). This also includes play which uses such equipment or facilities.

Each soft play operator will need to translate this into the specific actions they need to take depending on the nature of their business (i.e. the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated).

The guidance is split up into sections: 

  • where we are now
  • physical distancing
  • Food, drink and merchandise sales
  • training and compliance
  • risk assessment 
  • requirements for soft play sector 
  • infection prevention and control 
  • workforce planning and support

They have also provided a checklist to support soft play operators to implement this guidance. The checklist reflects the minimum expectations as outlined in the guidance.

Am I eligible?

Anyone can use this service.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guidance is for the soft play sector in Scotland.

How long does this take?

It takes about 1 hour to read the full guidance.

Important information

This document provides guidance to inform the owners and operators of soft play centres, activities or equipment in Scotland of ongoing legal restrictions and to help them plan for re-opening services in the future.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the full guidance.

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