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Morning Briefing: The Details On Playgrounds Reopening

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Good morning, L.A.

If you have young children, you’ve probably sorely missed public playgrounds during the coronavirus shutdown. Well, we have good news – sort of. Some playgrounds in the city of L.A. and surrounding areas have reopened. (Yay!) But the regulations around them seem … difficult to enforce, at best. (Boo.)

Here’s the deal: Masks are required for kids aged two and older. A distance of six feet is required from other people. No eating or drinking. And visits should be limited to 30 minutes.

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So, you’re going to have a potentially hungry and thirsty kid who has to wait their turn six feet away from the kid in front of them while futzing with their face mask … but, they’ll be on a playground, outdoors, instead of in your living room.

Worth it? We’ll leave it up to you.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie

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