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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City Parks Safety: Use of Playground Equipment & Pavilions During COVID-19 Emergency

The City’s Parks and Recreation Department asks the community to suspend the use of playground equipment and pavilions.

As we enter the Spring season, The City of Frederick’s parks are an attractive option for fresh air, recreation, and fun. Since the beginning of the City’s State of Emergency in response to COVID-19, parks and city-owned fields have remained open to the community, with the ask that all gatherings in these areas follow the Governor’s recent Executive Order on mass gatherings.

Recent research by the National Institutes of Health shows that COVID-19 is detectable on some surfaces, such as plastic and stainless steel, for two to three days. Given this information, and after conversations with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works, and local health officials, The City of Frederick is asking the public to suspend the use of playground equipment and pavilions at City parks.

Earlier today, Governor Hogan also shared similar recommendations, “While we hope Marylanders will take advantage of today’s warm weather, we urge you to avoid crowds at all costs. Avoid all playgrounds, pavilions, and anywhere that groups of more than ten people may congregate. Please do not take this guidance lightly.”

The City of Frederick continues to evaluate the risks of COVID-19 in our community and thanks the Frederick community for its cooperation and patience during this rapidly changing environment.

The City of Frederick is committed to the health and safety of residents and our City workforce. To stay up to date on the City’s response, please visit cityoffrederickmd.gov/covid19 or our social media channels.

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