The popular, Malaefatu Play Ground at Sogi, remains opened to the general public, including children in the age group restricted from joining any open gathering of people.
All children from 17 years down are to stay away, under conditions of the national state of emergency currently enforced, in response to the measles epidemic.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, MNRE, is responsible for the play ground but have no plans to close it off from public use.
“The choice of allowing the children into the playground is made by the parents who are aware of the outbreak and the means of protection and prevention for their loved ones,” an MNRE spokesperson responded to enquiries by Newsline Samoa.
“The measles outbreak is common knowledge in Samoa and to the whole world, so responsible parents should stop the children from coming to the playuground.”
The MNRE has placed the burden of responsibility on the parents who they felt should already be aware of the restrictions under the national state of emergency.
The early closure of schools and the serious health risks to the children who catch the measles virus, are all added concerns the Ministry has placed on the parents who allow their children into the playground.
“Parents should be firm with their children instead of letting them do what they want.”