California allows outdoor public playgrounds to reopen

California allows outdoor public playgrounds to reopen
Shields-Reid Park at the Shields-Reid Community Center in North Richmond. (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

Outdoor playgrounds in California can now reopen, although rules on face coverings and social distancing remain in place, the California Dept. of Public Health announced Tuesday.

However, the decision to move forward with opening playgrounds is up to local jurisdictions. Check back for updates on decisions by local cities and counties.

Under the state’s guidance, eating and drinking in the playground is prohibited to ensure that everyone 2 years or older wearing face coverings over their mouth and nose, officials said.

The state also says children should wash or sanitize their hands before and after using the playground and be limited to 30 minutes per day when others are present. Elderly residents and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid the playground when others are present.

For more information, visit the CDPH guidance on playgrounds here.