ISLIP TOWN

Islip Town playgrounds reopening with precautions

Randall Waszynski
Posted 7/2/20

All playgrounds in the Town of Islip have reopened as of Friday, June 26, and abiding by health guidelines is required in order to use them.

Playgrounds were closed for more than three months …

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ISLIP TOWN

Islip Town playgrounds reopening with precautions

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All playgrounds in the Town of Islip have reopened as of Friday, June 26, and abiding by health guidelines is required in order to use them.

Playgrounds were closed for more than three months as part of an executive order issued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. The state gave the green light on reopening playgrounds for several regions three weeks ago and have progressively phased in additional regions, including Long Island.

Islip Town announced that its playgrounds would reopen on June 19, posting health guidelines on Facebook. The post reads “Stay safe and play safe” and follows with a brief on each of the four rules.

Wash your hands

Before using the playgrounds, the town requires that everyone washes their hands. Prior to opening the playgrounds on Friday, though, the town installed hand sanitizers at the entrances of playgrounds. When leaving, it is also required to sanitize.

Avoid close contact

Maintaining a distance of six feet or greater is necessary in order to minimize spread of the virus. “Social distancing is a must,” the post reads. “No group gatherings or congregating.”

Cover your mouth and nose

Wearing a facemask is required in public, and a town-owned playground is not an exception. Public locations may inevitably put people within six feet of each other at times, and covering the mouth and nose is the most effective way to avoid potential spread/ contraction.

Use at your own risk

This one is more of a notice than a rule. Playgrounds are not sanitized, and it is the responsibility of everyone to limit spread and to use common sense when making decisions that may jeopardize health.

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