As Florida re-opens and playgrounds start getting the green light in different parts of the state, you may be asking yourself how safe it is. With so much contradictory and inconclusive information swirling around, it can be difficult to know what to believe.
What we do know for sure is that the COVID-19 virus hasn’t gone away, but there are some tried-and-true measures that can be taken to minimize exposure in a public environment such as a playground:
- Maintain social distancing. Not just kids, but adults, who are more likely to transmit the virus.
- Use hand sanitizer after playing on the equipment, or when the child takes a break for a snack.
- Consider wearing a mask, although if the child fidgets with the mask it increases the chances of the virus being transferred from the hand to the face.
- Try to come at a time when the playground is less likely to be crowded.
In addition, an open-air environment is more likely to disperse and dilute airborne particles containing the virus more readily than an indoor environment.
The following links provide additional useful information:
As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe, New York Times
As playgrounds ready to reopen CDC says COVID-19 not easily spread on surfaces, WINK News
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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