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Cary Reopens Playgrounds as State Enters Phase 2.5

Post Date:09/04/2020 2:55 PM
  • Cary playgrounds open at 5 p.m. today in accordance with Phase 2.5 of the state’s reopening.
  • Residents who plan to use the playgrounds are encouraged to continue observing strict social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing/sanitizing, wearing face coverings, and maintaining six feet of distance between themselves and others who are not members of their households.
  • Comfort stations at parks are open and regularly sanitized, however water stations are closed, so please remember to bring your own water when visiting a park or a playground.
Cary, NC – Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement this week that the state will enter Phase 2.5 of reopening on September 4, the Town of Cary will welcome citizens back to its playgrounds at 5 p.m. today.
 
“Cary is excited to give families another option for fun and exercise, especially with fall weather just around the corner,” said Public Safety Director Allan Cain. “At the same time, it’s important for everyone to be mindful of the advice of our public health officials and continue to observe mask usage, hand washing, and social distancing guidelines while you’re in the parks or on the playgrounds.”
 
Though playgrounds have been closed since March, staff has continued to conduct monthly safety inspections.

The Town is not regularly sanitizing playground equipment. Visitors to playgrounds are urged to continue observing strict social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing/sanitizing, wearing face coverings, and maintaining six feet of distance between themselves and others who are not members of their households. Help us keep the playgrounds safe and clean for everyone by disposing of masks and trash in their proper receptacles.

Please note that Executive Order 163 also lowers the previous age requirement for face coverings. Anyone age 5 and older should wear a face covering in situations where social distancing is difficult to consistently maintain. The order also raises the maximum allowable outdoor gathering size to 50 people. 

Comfort stations at parks are open and regularly sanitized, however water stations are closed, so please remember to bring your own water when visiting a park or a playground.

Town of Cary staffed facilities, including Sk8-Cary and the sprayground at Jack Smith Park, remain closed to citizens at this time. Picnic shelters, fields, and sports courts, including the outdoor courts at Cary Tennis Park, are open and continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis. 

While most of the Town’s buildings are closed to the public, Cary’s government remains open, with between 60 and 80 percent of its workforce in the field or in the office on any given day, and the rest working remotely. Most regular town services can be performed on the website, townofcary.org, or by contacting 311. 

Primary Contact

If you have specific questions about Town services or operations, dial 311 anywhere in Cary, (919) 469-4000 outside town limits, or email 311@townofcary.org.

Resources

Executive Order 163
Phase 2.5 FAQs
NC.gov COVID-19 Information
TownofCary.org COVID-19 information

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