Paediatricians call for Covid rules to ease so children can play

Doctors say youngsters need to have contact with others in order to socialise normally

Ten-year-old Sumeya has a massive grin on her face as she leaps off the basket swing in Archbishop’s Park, south London, just over the Thames from Westminster. “I love it here,” she says. “I love the swing, but it’s better if you have other kids, then you can play hide and seek.”

After a row over whether guidance for children and play is “overzealous” last week, No 10 was forced to confirm that all children can use playgrounds, not just those without gardens. But it added: “Parents who take their children to a playground to exercise must not socialise and must stay 2 metres from anyone not in their household, although we recognise this is not always possible for children.”

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