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State releases guidelines for playgrounds to reopen

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CENTRAL COAST, Calif. (KION) The California Department of Public Health has released guidelines for playgrounds to reopen.

Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito County officials say they will be allowed to reopen in each of the counties.

The guidance applies to outdoor playgrounds in parks, campgrounds and other locations accessible to the public, and it does not apply to indoor playgrounds or family entertainment centers.

Visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth, and caregiver supervision is required at all times to make sure they are being used. Visitors are asked not to use the playground with people from different households cannot maintain 6 feet of distance or when the capacity is reached.

The state suggests changing normal visiting times or dates to avoid crowds and limiting visits to 30 minutes when other people are there. People with underlying medical conditions and the elderly are encouraged to avoid playgrounds when other people are there.

It is suggested that visitors wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground, and eating or drinking at the playground is not allowed.

Playground facility operators are recommended to increase cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, but Santa Cruz County parks departments say the playground equipment is not sanitized.

Read the full guidance issued by the state.

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