Under the new State guidelines announced this week, the City of Concord will be reopening its 19 playgrounds on Thursday, Oct. 1. Public Works staff is inspecting and preparing all playgrounds today, and installing new signage indicating usage rules designed to keep people safe from the spread of COVID-19.
Parents and caregivers are responsible for protecting their children and themselves. Rules include:
- Wear a Mask
- Maintain Distance
- No Food or Drink
- Wash Hands (Remember to bring sanitizer to the playground)
- Know When to Stay Home (If ill or if particularly vulnerable to COVID)
- Share Our Space (Wait your turn, let others have a turn)
The City is asking all playground visitors to “Stay safe and play safe.”
On Sept. 29, Contra Costa Health Services announced that, thanks to recent progress being made in the fight against COVID-19, the county has qualified to move into the less restrictive red tier (“substantial”) of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded reopening system.
Moving into the red tier means the following sectors can reopen with modifications:
- Places of worship, restaurants, movie theaters and museums can operate indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer
- Gyms can reopen indoors at 10% capacity
- All personal care services, including massage, can move indoors
- Indoor shopping malls can operate at 50% maximum occupancy (instead of 25%). Food courts can also open following the state’s guidelines for restaurants.
- Indoor retail stores can now operate at 50% capacity (instead of 25%)
- Outdoor playgrounds
According to the CCHS news release, “health officials caution that COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and people should continue to take all the same precautions health officials have been advising for months: wear face coverings in public, maintain physical distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home if you’re sick.”