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Pender County playground guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Burgaw – Pender County Parks and Recreation department’s playground equipment remains open at this time, but Pender County officials are advising residents to bring sanitizing wipes with them to wipe down any playground equipment before it is used.

“Pender County staff have been cleaning and disinfecting the playground equipment at the three county-owned parks, following the recommendations from the CDC, “said Zach White, Parks and Recreation supervisor. “Staff will continue to clean and disinfect the equipment twice per week.”

“COVID-19 spread can occur from touching your mouth, nose or possibly eyes after having contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, according to the CDC,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County health director.

Residents should be prepared to wipe down playground surfaces with recommended cleaning products, if they choose to use county-owned playground equipment.

Here are some recommendations to help limit the spread of COVID-19:
Follow social distancing: gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, under the NC State of Emergency, and individuals are encouraged to maintain 6-feet of distance from others.
Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched (like your phone, tablet, countertops and daily work surfaces).
Stay home and away from others when you are sick.

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