On Thursday, June 18, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that playgrounds will reopen as the city enters Phase 2 on Monday, June 22, adding that social distancing ambassadors will monitor crowding, distribute face masks to those who don’t have them, and encourage hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that families carefully consider use of playgrounds and ensure children follow proper safety guidelines.
Understandably, there are many concerns with having your children using playgrounds at this time. Will children be able to play while practicing proper social distancing? Will parks become overcrowded when they reopen? Will they be properly cleaned before, during, and after children are finished playing? When playgrounds do open, there are many ways your children can play safely at this time. But if you’re still exercising caution about where you take your kids post-quarantine, there are several alternatives to keep your children active.