The City of La Grande Parks & Recreation Department received new guidance from the Oregon Health Authority regarding Playgrounds on Tuesday, June 9th. Playgrounds in all parks will reopen Wednesday, June 10th.

The Parks & Recreation Department encourage practicing precautions from the CDC:

Do: Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.

Playgrounds can be hard to keep safe because:

  • They are often crowded and could make social distancing difficult;
  • It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean and disinfected and parks staff won’t be disinfecting them;
  • SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread when young children touch contaminated objects, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you choose to visit a playground:

  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
  • Wash Hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
    • Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    • Children under age 2;
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
    • Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

Please stay informed on Facebook or the Parks & Recreation website: www.lagrandeparks.org