As Florida re-opens and playgrounds start getting the green light in different parts of the state, you may be asking yourself how safe it is. With so much contradictory and inconclusive information swirling around, it can be difficult to know what to believe.
What we do know for sure is that the COVID-19 virus hasn’t gone away, but there are some tried-and-true measures that can be taken to minimize exposure in a public environment such as a playground:
- Maintain social distancing. Not just kids, but adults, who are more likely to transmit the virus.
- Use hand sanitizer after playing on the equipment, or when the child takes a break for a snack.
- Consider wearing a mask, although if the child fidgets with the mask it increases the chances of the virus being transferred from the hand to the face.
- Try to come at a time when the playground is less likely to be crowded.
In addition, an open-air environment is more likely to disperse and dilute airborne particles containing the virus more readily than an indoor environment.
The following links provide additional useful information:
As Playgrounds Start to Reopen, Here’s How to Keep Kids Safe, New York Times
Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Attention property managers:
Creative Playthings is here to help. Please contact us about our services to help you safely re-open your playground, such as:
|Playground Checkup – After months of disuse, it might be a good time to have us perform a quick maintenance inspection, evaluate groundcover, etc. to ensure your set is and its surroundings are up to recommended playground guidelines.
Signage – Per CDC guidelines and NRPA recommendations, playgrounds should display signage encouraging social distancing, one of the most effective measures for preventing COVID-19 transmission. Signs can be mounted on an existing post or fence, or we can provide a mounting post. The method of installation will also make it easy to remove the sign once social distancing is no longer recommended.
|Hand Sanitation Stations – Frequent cleaning or sanitation of hands helps prevent the spread of the virus. Not only will this be a welcome addition for parents who have forgotten to bring hand sanitizer with them, it makes for a good investment for the future seeing as how flu season comes around every year.
Sanitizing the Equipment – Although sanitizing the equipment is a temporary measure, it starts you with a nice clean slate, and spot treatment with a solution of bleach and water can also be administered on a regular basis to minimize the presence of the virus. It also signals to your residents a commitment to their well-being and beautifies equipment covered in a layer of dirt and oftentimes patches of mold.