SOUTHAMPTON, NY — Great news for kids getting stir crazy in the house during the long days of the coronavirus pandemic: The Town of Southampton's Parks and Recreation Department will reopen playgrounds and skate parks on Thursday, June 18.
The facilities were closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic but are now permissible under Phase 2, town officials said.
The town will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines: Participants must wear face coverings and adhere to social distance requirements of six feet, officials said.
Red Creek Skate Park and North Sea Skate Parks will limit the number of visitors to 10 at a time and face masks must be worn at all times, officials said.
The hours of operation are also limited to Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 7 p.m. The facilities will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Playgrounds are open seven days a week and those visiting are also required to wear face masks, social distance six feet apart and limit the numbers gathering at the sites, due to safe distancing requirements, town officials said.
Children under the age of two are not required to wear masks. Children who are medically exempt from wearing masks must stay six feet away from others.
In order to ensure everyone has a safe and heathy summer, park guests are asked to review and abide by all rules, which can be found at the park facilities and on the town’s website.