Voluntown Playground and Recreational Areas Open on June 17th

Community transmission of COVID-19 is currently minimal across Uncas Health District. Testing of residents for COVID-19 has increased, and the proportion of test results that are positive is approximately 5% – below (better than) the goal of 10% set by the State DPH and WHO. In addition, our current understanding of transmission of COVID-19 is that outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, and children are generally at lower risk for severe COVID-19 disease.

Recognizing the above facts, Uncas Health District is no longer recommending that playgrounds and recreational fields be closed to the public as of June 17th. Though the risk of transmission of the virus is not zero in any setting where people may come into close contact with one another, the relatively low risk right now must be balanced against the need for youth in our communities to engage in both physical and social activities for their health and wellbeing.

Parents and caregivers must continue to use their judgement in determining whether to allow their children to engage in activities where there is potential for close contact to occur.

The playground equipment, picnic tables and benches are not disinfected.

Please practice the following recommendations:

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others as much as possible o Wear masks when 6-foot distance cannot be maintained, unless wearing the mask would create a health hazard to the wearer. This includes heat-related illness.
  • Do not use the equipment if: you are sick, or in the past 10 days, tested positive for COVID-19 or were told by a health care provider that you have COVID-19, or have been living with someone who has been sick with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • Before AND after using the equipment: Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol Though transmission of COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces is less likely than from direct, close contact with an infected person; frequently touched objects like playground equipment can result in transmission of COVID 19