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 framework sets out our approach to outbreak management based on five levels of protection, providing graduated protections locally and/or nationally. This means that, some softplay centres may be able to re-open in areas with low infection rates, while others may be required to remain closed to help suppress the virus in areas with much higher rates.
Guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis as our priority remains containing the spread of the virus, saving lives and safeguarding the NHS.
This guidance has been developed in collaboration with industry, trade unions, regulators, and others. Protecting the health of workers is at the heart our approach. Partnership working is fundamental to establishing a shared confidence around the safety of returning to workplaces, protecting public health and supporting Scotland’s economic recovery.
This document provides guidance to inform the owners and operators of soft play centres, activities or equipment in Scotland of ongoing legal restrictions and requirements related to the coronavirus and help them plan for re-opening services in the future. It 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) using this document as a guide.
Publication of this guidance does not signal an immediate change in Scotland’s lockdown policy. A second surge in infection would cause further harm to our health, society and economy. To judge whether and when restrictions can be changed we will consider a range of evidence on the progress of the pandemic in Scotland, using the principles set out in coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making and our long-established commitment to fair work, which was set in the context of the current crisis in a joint statement with the STUC (which we have taken into account when developing this guidance).
This is provided as guidance only and does not amount to legal advice. Employers and facility operators may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.