Los Altos announces playgrounds are back open

Los Altos is reopening playgrounds for the first time since they were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, city officials said in a press release Friday.

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Signs at Oak Avenue Elementary School accompany caution tape to warn all of playground closures across the Los Altos School District properties earlier this year.

The announcement comes after Santa Clara County moved into the orange, or “moderate,” tier of the state’s COVID-19 blueprint for counties earlier this month. However, certain park amenities such as benches, picnic tables and barbecue grills remain closed.

“With flu season fast approaching and COVID-19 still prevalent, we are acting cautiously to ensure a safe environment by establishing rules so our residents and visitors can enjoy playgrounds again,” said Donna Legge, director of Recreation and Community Services, in the release.

The city advised residents to remain vigilant, wear masks and follow social-distancing guidelines.

“Residents are asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for an appropriate physical distancing,” the guideline reads.

Also, residents are advised to limit visitation to half an hour or less, visit on different days or times to avoid crowds and stay home if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Neighboring cities have already taken this step, with Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale all reopening playgrounds earlier this month.

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