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NYC Playgrounds Will Officially Reopen On Monday

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

NYC Playgrounds Will Officially Reopen On Monday

Just in time for Phase 2.

NYC is entering Phase 2 of reopening this Monday, June 22. That includes the likes of outdoor dining, hair salons and barbershops, non-essential in-store retail, and now, playgrounds.

In his press conference this morning, Mayor de Blasio announced the city would be reopening NYC playgrounds for children on Monday. It won’t be without precautionary measures, of course.

There will be social distancing ambassadors that will monitor crowding, distribute face coverings, and encourage hygiene like hand washing and using sand sanitizer. Team sports like basketball, football, softball and soccer will still not be permitted in Phase 2.

“I know so many parents have been asking for relief as well,” he said (just after his rent relief announcement). “For the playground equipment that’s specifically meant for kids to get a break, to get some exercise, for parents to get their kids outside. Those playgrounds for younger kids, we’re ready to open those up on Monday. Those will be a crucial part, additionally, of Phase 2.”

Playgrounds first closed down in April, when Governor Cuomo overstepped Mayor de Blasio and closed every one in the city due to overcrowding (earlier that same day Mayor de Blasio had only closed 10).

In other news: Here Are The Official Rules For Socially Distant Outdoor Dining In NYC

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