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Follow the science: San Francisco needs to reopen its playgrounds

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What does it say about the values of a city that reopens restaurants, gyms and salons before outdoor playgrounds?

Like most kids in 2020, my 7- and 10-year-old navigate Zoom like experts, put on their masks without complaint, and wash their hands the minute they walk inside the house.

Kids, like all of us, have been asked to give up so much of their normal lives. Birthday parties are canceled. Grandparents are off limits. School is closed.

“It’s for your safety. It’s to protect people in our community. It won’t be forever.”

They get it. And they’ve been remarkably resilient.

So, now, as San Francisco again begins the process of reopening, don’t we owe it to these kids to put their needs in the front of the line?

Playgrounds across the country started reopening in May, and there is no evidence of transmission attributed to an outdoor playground. Mounting evidence shows that COVID-19 is airborne, and fomite transmission — while possible — is far less likely than we feared back in March and April.


© San Francisco Chronicle

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