For Immediate Release
Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District, Camarillo, Ventura County
Park Playground Equipment Now Open for Use:
How to Use Playgrounds Safely
On Wednesday of this week, the California Department of Public Health authorized the reopening of outdoor playground equipment for use by the public. This announcement included a list of requirements that must be followed to keep people safe while enjoying these amenities. The District got to work quickly to create the necessary signage to be placed near its playground equipment to educate the community on equipment usage rules. As of today, all signage is up and PVRPD invites families and children to once again take advantage of all the fun that their many playgrounds offer.
It’s been seven months since the State mandated playground equipment be closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and the District understands that it has been a challenge for families to go so long without access to playgrounds. PVRPD places strong emphasis on the rules issued by the State of California and requires that all playground users comply with posted signs and regulations. It is important to stay informed and act accordingly to keep our County on track to recovery from the pandemic. Playground users must follow these rules:
- Face masks over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older with caregiver supervision at all times to ensure face mask use.
- Do not use the playground when different households are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or when the capacity limit has been reached.
- Caregivers must monitor to keep adults and children from different households at least 6 feet apart.
- Consider coming on different times or days to avoid wait times and potential crowded times.
- No eating or drinking in playgrounds, to ensure face masks are worn at all times.
- Wash or sanitize hands before and after using the playground. Please bring hand sanitizer and water with you.
- Elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions should avoid playgrounds when others are present.
- Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.
- The maximum number of participants allowed at any time ranges from 10 to 3, depending on the size of the play structure, and is posted.
- Upon returning home, wash your hands thoroughly.
- Maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distancing with people not in your household.
- Activities that involve the use of shared equipment, such as swings, slides, climbing structures may only be engaged in by members of the same household at the same time.
Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District cleans park amenities as frequently as possible. The District does not sanitize park amenities on a daily basis. Playground users are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer and wash their hands before arriving and upon returning to their homes.
“We have had a number of people ask us over the months when playgrounds will re-open and I am so excited that that day has finally come. Having small children in my own family- I’ve experienced first-hand the hardship of having to tell children that they can’t go play on the slide or swing on the swings. I’m proud of everyone who has helped keep our community safe these past months by following all mandated COVID-19 guidelines, and it is so very wonderful to see the progress we’ve made and to now be able to enjoy our playgrounds once again”, says Emily Raab, Marketing Specialist at Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District.
Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District founded in 1962, serves 70,000+ residents in the larger Camarillo area, maintaining 28 parks and a variety of recreation opportunities that enrich the lives of community members. Learn more at www.pvrpd.org
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