Indoor play areas are indoor spaces for children to play. These can also be known as indoor playgrounds, indoor play centres or soft play centres. They are specifically designed for children to play inside, with structures and play equipment often padded to absorb the impact when children fall or bounce around. As well as specific areas created for the purpose of indoor play, facilities such as these are often found in a range of buildings and services used by parents including pubs, shopping centres and some of the larger tourist attractions.
Under the Control Coronavirus Control Plan for Wales indoor play areas are considered to be indoor attractions and are able to open at alert level 1.
Owners and operators of indoor play areas are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus on the premises, and to minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus by those who have been on the premises. This includes undertaking a risk assessment, which should be regularly updated. The responsible person in any regulated premises must take all reasonable measures to ensure 2m distancing is maintained between people who are not part of the same household or extended household.
Where premises include catering or hospitality venues these should only be open in line with the guidance on Tourism and Hospitality Businesses.
The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions (BALPPA) have prepared guidance for their operation which can be found on their website.