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Posted on: September 3, 2020

Playgrounds Closed by State Department of Health Due to COVID-19 Risks

Playgrounds Closed by State Department of Health Due to COVID-19 Risks 

Please note that for health and safety purposes, playgrounds remain closed due to COVID-19. We’ve received a number of comments recently from residents and want to clarify that this decision is not currently controlled by the City. The directive to keep playgrounds closed was issued by the California Department of Public Health.

We all share your frustration with the current situation, and a desire to return to some sense of normal. We also know the importance of play for the physical, mental and social development of kids. Our park and recreation professionals would like nothing more than to see children and families return to our facilities.

However, at this time the State has determined it is not yet appropriate to reopen this shared, public equipment due to the risks of COVID-19 transmission. San Mateo County is currently in the red tier, or having a "substantial" risk of COVID-19 transmission, in the state's new color-coded tiered ranking system within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Playgrounds are considered "high touch" surfaces, used by people from varying households and are often crowded, thus making physical distancing difficult to maintain. While one family may feel they're able to use a playground in what they believe to be a safe manner, our focus is on the community as a whole and protecting our most vulnerable residents. It's important to keep in mind that COVID-19 continues to be transmitted in our community and the risk is real.  We are monitoring the guidance from the State and the County closely and will continue to adjust our operating practices as guidance changes.  

Be assured that we are closely monitoring the State’s industry guidance, State and County health orders, and will work quickly to reopen recreational facilities when we can.

In the meantime, PLEASE RECREATE SAFELY AND ADHERE TO FACILITY CLOSURES. Bring a mask with you when recreating, and be sure to wear it if you cannot keep your distance from others. Together, we can help San Mateo County reopen!

Learn more about the effects of COVID-19 on our San Mateo City Parks and Recreation Department on our FAQ page.

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