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City of LA Playgrounds Reopening After Coronavirus Closures

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The city of Los Angeles started reopening dozens of playgrounds Monday after a six-month closure designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“All playgrounds can be reopened for public use with mandatory social distancing and limited use up to 30 minutes,” reads an update on the Recreation and Parks website.

Playgrounds will begin to re-open individually as reconditioning cleaning, signage and safety inspections are completed.

We’ve reached out to the department for more details.

At Sycamore Grove Park near Highland Park this afternoon, the remnants of caution tape were still wrapped around the jungle gym. Guillermo De La Torre sat on a nearby bench with his 7-year-old son.

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It was one of De La Torre's days off work driving for a seafood distribution company; on those days he brings his son to the park when his virtual school finishes up at noon.

"Fresh air is very important, because being cooped up in our apartment is frustrating," he said.

Has your neighborhood playground reopened? Email me at mdale@scpr.org to tell me how it's going.

The California Department of Public Health last week announced playgrounds could reopen throughout the state, but local jurisdictions have the final say. L.A. County playgrounds remained closed as of Monday, while Orange County playgrounds welcomed kids and families back last Thursday.

Here are the state’s guidelines for playing safe:

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  • Everyone 2 years and older should wear a mask.
  • Stay six feet apart from people from other households.
  • No eating or drinking, so face masks stay on.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Plan ahead and visit when you can avoid crowds.
  • Stay home if you’re elderly or have an underlying medical condition.
  • Share: To prevent crowding limit your visit to 30 minutes when other people are waiting to play.

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