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Posted on: July 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Playgrounds are open--parents urged to clean equipment before each use

Greenburgh playgrounds are now open. Parents encouraged to clean equipment before each use. Use of playgrounds is risky during COVID-19
Playground opening authorized by the Governor last month

Earlier this week, at the urging of a number of parents with small children, the town opened up playgrounds. They had been closed since COVID-19 became a serious risk.  On June 11, 2020 Governor Cuomo  "allowed localities to open playgrounds at their discretion."  The parks department decided to wait till phase 4 to open the playgrounds up.

Although we opened up the playgrounds in town parks, the town is not making any representation that the use of playgrounds is safe.  In fact, we have posted signs at the playgrounds stating that the "use of town playgrounds and other facilities could be risky during the COVID-19 pandemic and could expose you- or your child to the illness.  Equipment is not sanitized. User discretion is advised.  The town assumes no legal responsibility for COVID-19 related illnesses."   

Some people have asked about the lack of sanitizing of the playgrounds. Playground equpment  need to be sanitized after each child’s use to be safe. We don’t have the resources to have staff at each playground non stop so depend on parents or caregivers to clean the playgrounds before a child uses the equipment.  

Be careful. Your health and your child’s health is important to all of us. This pandemic will one day end and we will all be able to enjoy all that Greenburgh has to offer again.  We’re not happy with all the program reductions and limitations. 

The following is from webmd.   


https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200407/why-playgrounds-are-unsafe-during-covid-19

PAUL FEINER

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