HOBOKEN, NJ - If you want to swing by the playground on Thursday, Hoboken will let it slide. Mayor Ravi Bhalla took to social media to announce that the City's playgrounds would be reopened, after a three-month-long closure due to COVID-19.
"Starting Thursday, we’ll be re-opening City playgrounds for children," said Bhalla. "We will be taking extra precautions by having City staff sanitize the equipment before a re-opening and on a regular basis, but given the challenges of social distancing, we are recommending children above 2 years old wear face masks."
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.
However, the CDC said, "If children meet in groups, it can put everyone at risk. Children can pass this virus onto others who may be at higher risk, including older adults and people who have serious underlying medical conditions."
Challenges are plenty when it comes to COVID-proofing a hands-on facility such as a children's playground. While the City claims it will do what it can, the Mayor still appeals for individuals to be sensible and proactive when bringing their children into these areas.
"We also suggest to parents to bring sanitizer to the park, and go to the playground during early morning and off-peak hours," said Bhalla. "Please also limit time to 1 hour at the playground to help minimize overcrowding. Restrooms will also be sanitized and re-opened as well."
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