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California issues new guidelines on parks and playgrounds

On Monday the California Department of Public Health issued new guidelines on the reopening of parks and playgrounds. The guidelines applies to all the State’s colored tiers for reopening.

​Summary

COVID-19 continues to pose a severe risk to communities and requires all people in California to follow necessary precautions and to adapt the way they live and function in light of this ongoing risk. This guidance provides direction on usage of outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities (hereafter facilities), to support a safe environment for children and families. It applies to outdoor playgrounds located in parks, campgrounds, and other publicly accessible locations. This guidance does not apply to indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers.

Outdoor Playground Definition:

  • Fully outdoors
  • Publicly accessible
  • Free to enter and use
  • Operated by a city, state, county, or federal government 
  • Designed primarily to serve nearby residents within a half a mile
  • Can provide State-mandated outdoor space for preschools (which could be scheduled in advance to avoid overlapping use)
  • Typically includes recreational equipment, like play structures, slides, swings, etc. intended to enrich children’s physical health and development

Visitors to outdoor community playgrounds must comply with the following requirements:

1.    Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use

2.    Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or when the capacity limit of [number of children and number of adults] has been reached

3.    Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart

4.    Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times

5.    No eating or drinking in playground, to ensure face masks are worn at all times

6.    Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground.

7.    Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present

8.    Limit visit to 30 min per day when others are present

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