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Updated Notice Regarding Use of City Parks

The California Department of Public Health issued an update on September 28, 2020 on Outdoor Playgrounds and other Outdoor Recreational Facilities. Playgrounds will be open to the public starting October 1, 2020, subject to certain conditions including adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet from anyone not in the individual’s household or living unit and use of face coverings outdoors for everyone 2 years of age or older.  Following these simple public health and safety regulations is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

The following recommendations are based on the current California Department of Public Health Guidance for outdoor playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities:

  • Face coverings over the mouth and nose are required for everyone 2 years of age or older.
  • Caregiver supervision is required at all times to ensure face covering use and maintenance of 6-foot social distancing of household members.
  • Do not use the playground when different households cannot maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
  • No eating or drinking in the playground.
  • Wash and sanitize hands before and after using playground.  Sanitizer will not be provided at playgrounds.  You must bring your own.
  • Elderly and persons with underlying conditions should avoid playground when others are present.
  • Limit visit to 30 minutes per day when others are present.
  • City programs may require exclusive use to ensure participant pod safety during operating hours.

City staff will install the prominent new signage to replace current closure signs throughout all playground areas. The new signage is scheduled to be posted by the end of day Friday, October 2, 2020.

The State has made several recommendations (not requirements) for agencies to follow when operating playgrounds that Martinez cannot currently facilitate due to reduced seasonal staffing levels, including playground monitors to ensure compliance.  The City will instead post signage to notify users that the equipment and playground areas are to be used at your own risk, the playground is not in compliance with the State of California’s recommendation for COVID-19 management, there is not routine disinfection of high touch surfaces, and modifications have not been made to ensure 6-foot distancing requirements. 

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