California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) reversed a policy Wednesday that closed playgrounds to mitigate the coronavirus outbreak in the state after lawmakers and at least one doctor spoke out against keeping children from playing outdoors.
The updated guidelines say “playgrounds may remain open to facilitate physically distanced personal health and wellness through outdoor exercise.”
A dozen lawmakers sent a letter to Newsom about the playground closures, telling him that going to the playground could be the only way some kids have to get outside, as advised in guidelines for staying healthy during the outbreak.
Playgrounds at schools were allowed to stay open if the schools were operating, as long as they followed the guidelines for the schools.
Newsom has placed numerous new restrictions on the state and its residents after a large spike in coronavirus cases, even though he violated his own restrictions against indoor dining in large groups just before Thanksgiving.
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