March 19 2020

Parks & Recreation Department Closes Playgrounds to Promote Social Distancing

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Parks & Recreation Department is encouraging residents of all ages to practice social distancing and, to that end, avoid the town’s playgrounds.  


“In an effort to help control the spread of COVID-19 we ask that you refrain from using the playground equipment in the parks,” the department said in a post. “While we recognize that you would like to keep healthy - physically and mentally - and to provide activities for kids who suddenly have no school we urge you to exercise caution.”


The department said that if you do find yourself at a park or playground they ask that you take the following precautions: 


- Follow CDC's guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to parks or playgrounds - wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks or playgrounds if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when caught or sneezing, etc. 


- Observe at all times CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike, hike or recreate. 


- Play structures and park furniture are not sterile surfaces or suitable locations for social distancing. 


- Use your judgement. If you do not feel comfortable, do not use. 


“As this is an evolving situation, the Board of Health will continue to monitor information provided by the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and provide the most up to date information to the public,” the release states. “We will provide updates through social media. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we act in the best interest and safety of our residents and participants.”


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