June 09, 2020

CDC Offers New Guidance for Returning to Parks and Playgrounds

Considerations for Returning to Playgrounds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance for the use of public parks and playgrounds. In a directive on their website, they stated, "staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. In many areas, people can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air, and stay active. While these facilities and areas can offer health benefits, it is important that you follow steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19."

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/visitors.html


Specific Guidance for Playgrounds

CDC shared guidance for the use of public playgrounds to help protect yourself and others during play. The CDC website states, "carefully consider the use of playgrounds and help children follow guidelines":

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    • Children under age 2;
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

GameTime is Here to Help

Whether you need assistance with playground maintenance, advice on cleaning your park equipment, or an outdoor hand sanitizer station, GameTime can help. Contact the GameTime playground expert in your area for more information.