Residents, local officials call on city to reopen playgrounds
Elected officials are gathering with residents in Midwood to call on the city to reopen playgrounds.
They met at Kolbert Playground to say that children have been cramped inside their homes for several months and they need relief.
Organizers also say since beaches and other larger parks around the city are open to the public, smaller neighborhood playgrounds should also be allowed to reopen.
Amid concerns of the possible spreading of COVID-19, parents say they should make the decision regarding taking their children to playgrounds.
"Instead of having the kids playing outside in the streets in places that are not safe, they should be in the playgrounds," says state Sen. Simcha Felder. "In a place where we know that it's safe and that the parents could in face ensure safety."
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a few days ago that local governments can decide when the playgrounds can reopen.
A spokesperson from the mayor's office says they're watching health indicators closely while also working on a plan to reopen playgrounds when it's safe.