By Miriam Raftery
September 30, 2020 (San Diego) – Yesterday, the State of California’s Department of Public Health approved reopening public outdoor playgrounds and other outdoor public recreational facilities, with new health and safety rules due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
East County's public officials reacted promptly to the news.
- San Diego Supervisor Dianne Jacob called the announcement “Awesome news for families,” adding that starting today, around 100 county play areas will be reopened.
- Poway Mayor Steve Vaus posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of a reopened park in his city, stating, “Loved pulling down the caution tape and barricades.”
- Santee announced on Facebook that all of its playgrounds were opened at 5 p.m. yesterday.
- La Mesa is in process of reopening its parks, the city clerk’s office confirmed, following inspections being done over the next day or two.
- El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick advised ECM that El Cajon is also in the process of reopening playgrounds this week.
- Lemon Grove’s staff was not immediately available for comment.
The new state guidelines, which do not apply to any indoor facilities nor to for-profit facilities, can be viewed in full here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Outdoor%20Playgrounds%20and%20other%20Outdoor%20Recreational%20Facilities.aspx
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