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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Playground / Park Opening Update

Play It Safe image from State of California

This week, Contra Costa County qualified to move from the State of California’s purple (widespread) tier into the less restrictive red (substantial) tier, allowing additional businesses and activities to reopen with modifications. In addition, the State of California also released guidelines for reopening outdoor playgrounds. 

We understand how important it is for children to have access to parks and playgrounds, especially right now. Although given the extensive list of recommendations the State is imposing on playground facility operators, Orinda’s public playgrounds will not be in compliance with these recommendations from the State of California due to our limited resources. Orinda Parks and Rec is asking the community for support in adhering to the practices noted below as we do not have enough staff to enforce them.

Public playgrounds in Orinda will re-open at on Friday, October 2. Restrooms at each park will remain closed for now. New signage indicating usage rules designed to keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19 will be posted. These rules include the following:

  • Play At Your Own Risk: Our playgrounds do not meet all State recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19. 
  • 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. 
  • Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet. 
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet between children and adults from different households, including children using or waiting to use play structures or play areas, and families waiting to enter the playground. 
  • Parents/Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart. 
  • Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playground when others are present. 
  • Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times. 
  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground. 

To read the California Department of Public Health Guidance for Outdoor Playgrounds click here.

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