Grahame Morris MP has made representations to the Prime Minister regarding the continued closure of indoor soft play centres.
The school summer holiday is a key period in the calendar for indoor soft play centres, and the industry is greatly concerned about the viability of settings if they are not allowed to re-open before schools return in September.
A recent survey carried out by the industry’s trade association, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers & Attractions (BALPPA) showed that 64% of indoor play sites will close permanently in October if they are unable to re-open, or do not receive further financial assistance. BALPAA believes that it is safe to re-open venues, and has outlined the various steps that centres can take to minimise the spread of the virus.
In the letter, signatories emphasise that indoor soft play centres could play a vital role in tackling the issue of obesity, which the Government has recently committed to address.
Grahame Morris MP said, “Indoor soft play centres are losing out on a major source of their annual revenue, and as they remain closed they are only falling further into debt. Given that BALPAA has outlined the necessary safety measures that would ensure minimal viral transmission, it is vital that the Government outline a plan for re-opening indoor soft play centres, so that businesses do not lose out on further revenue before schools return in September.”