Soft play centres are hit hard by coronavirus lockdown with around three folding every week since March - as counselling service is launched for tearful owners
- Around 100 have folded since March 23 according to Association of Indoor Play
- Chairman Janice Dunphy said they even had had to set up a counselling service
- Soft play centre owner Nicola Nuttall invested £3,000 but still had to close
Scores of soft play centres are going broke in the pandemic. And many more of them are on the brink, warn those working in the industry.
'Businesses in this industry are dropping like flies,' said Nicola Nuttall, who runs a soft play centre in Lancashire.
According to an industry body, the Association of Indoor Play, around 100 – two or three each week – have folded since the country locked down on March 23. There are around 1,100 in the country.
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