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Seattle playgrounds reopen Tuesday — but with limits

The play structures have been closed since March, as part of the region's efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus.

SEATTLE — Playgrounds in Seattle parks reopened to the public Oct. 6 after closing about six months ago as part of the region's efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

However, officials have issued playground rules, including limiting the number of children using equipment as well as requiring masks for children over the age of 2.

Seattle Parks and Recreation also warned that the equipment will not be regularly sanitized or cleaned.

The city closed several parks last spring, as the pandemic surged across the state.

The parks department posted guidelines developed by state and county health officials for playgrounds.

How to use play areas safely: 

  • Play equipment is open to five or fewer kids at a time.
  • 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.  

Seattle Parks and Recreation also announced that adult outdoor fitness equipment will also be reopened to the public, with similar limitations.

Parking lots at larger Seattle parks will be back in service Oct. 19.

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