Seattle area playgrounds have reopened but with restrictions

October 6, 2020
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After months of kids looking super bummed gazing at empty playgrond equipment taped off and off limits, Seattle Parks have officially reopened the facilities city-wide! Now, it won't be a free-for-all despite the lack of official around the clock enforcement. There are a bunch of guidlines set out by the city:

Seattle Parks and Recreation staff, with support from our partners at the Washington Department of Health and Seattle King County Public Health, have created some guidelines that can keep us all safe while using these spaces.  

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  • Play equipment is open to five or fewer kids at a time 
  • Some play areas have only one piece of play equipment (usually a climber/slide combo), and others have many pieces of equipment (swings, little kids climber, big kids climber, zipline, etc.). No more than five kids on a piece of play equipment.  
  • Stay home if you are sick or if anyone in your family is sick.  
  • Please wash your child’s hands before and after play.  
  • All children over the age of two must wear a mask. See here for mask information and exception because of disability.  
  • Give yourself and others at least six feet of space.  

None of this is going to be possible without the diligence of the adults that kids bring with them to the playgrounds. Have you seen a 3yo try to keep socially distant? No, of course not, because they are three and don't understand 6-feet and live in a near Zen wonderland full time living in the moment. Also, it is sniffle season and kids do not hesitate to wipe that faucet of a nose on their hands and continue playing.

An important note - playground equipment will not be regularly sanitized or cleaned. 

Additionally, it's not just the kiddos, adult play areas reopen, too.