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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 statewide 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. This week, San Mateo County was deemed having a “widespread” risk of transmission under the State’s new color-coded tiered ranking system within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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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