Regional Victoria COVID-19

Ryan calls foul play on Labor’s playground closure

31 August 2021

Local MP and deputy Nationals leader Steph Ryan has called on the Andrews Labor Government to re-open playgrounds so that local kids can get back outside and back to being kids.

Ms Ryan said playgrounds and skateparks across the electorate remain closed, despite there being no evidence of Covid transmission in either setting.

“Labor’s decision to keep playgrounds closed is heartless and cruel,” Ms Ryan said.

“Playgrounds provide a much-needed reprieve for families who have been confined to their homes for weeks.

“We know that children are bearing the brunt of Covid restrictions and it’s taking its toll on not only their mental health, but the mental health of their families.

“Children cannot go to school and socialise with their friends and now, the government is telling families they can’t go outside to the park for an hour each day.

“We’ve had two terms of kids being locked up in their homes and locked out of classrooms and now they’ve been locked out of playgrounds too. 

“Shutting out kids from playgrounds poses significant social, mental and welfare implications.”

Ms Ryan said the Premier had banned playgrounds, despite no scientific evidence that they were a risk.

“Daniel Andrews admitted that the government closed playgrounds not because there was a risk of kids using the equipment, but because the government didn’t trust parents to social distance.

“Labor should immediately reverse this decision. Playgrounds are not posing a risk to our kids and closing them is just another of Daniel Andrews’ knee jerk reactions.

“Benalla’s iconic rocket was one of the many fantastic spots where families could escape the house for half an hour to give kids some joy.

“But like every other playground across the region, Benalla’s Adventure Park has been taped off. 

“Victorians need a proportionate, target and sensible approach to living with Covid. That’s the opposite of what Labor is offering.

“Daniel Andrews has no plan to get us out of lockdown.”

Photo caption: Nationals Member for Euroa Steph Ryan said children should be allowed to get back into playgrounds.

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