Parks are open, playgrounds aren't

Even as people stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic, parks throughout the area remain open for people to enjoy but playgrounds are closed — including Possibility Playground in Port Washington’s Upper Lake Park.

Officials throughout the area are cautioning people not to use playgrounds at this time.

“We do not wipe down or sanitize playground equipment, tables or other surfaces at the parks,” the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department stated in a press release.

Restrooms in the parks are closed, the department stated, so people heading to the parks are asked to time outings so that you are not dependent of public restrooms or wash sinks. 

Bring sanitizer with you just in case, officials said.

Even when outdoors, they urge people to practice social distancing and avoid close contact with others. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a minimum six feet between people to help reduce the risk of spread between individuals.

The department also reminds people not congregate in groups of 10 or more.

“We need your help to keep our parks safe,” Recreation Director Kiley Schulte stated in a  press release. “Please stay home if you are sick and practice good hygiene. Wash your hands after touching surfaces. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Place garbage in trash receptacles.”

If there is something that needs attention, call the department at 284-5881.



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