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Why Parents, Doctors and Lawmakers Pushed Back Against Playgrounds Closing

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The playground at Dolores Park in San Francisco on Dec. 6, 2020. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

Over the weekend, the most recent surge in COVID-19 cases once again led to playgrounds being closed in many communities across California and in five Bay Area counties.

But some parents felt like this part of the new stay-at-home order goes too far — especially because some indoor shopping stayed open. Many also worried that losing access to a safe and free outdoor space could harm both kids and families.

Guest: Matthias Gafni, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle

Check out Matthias’ story here.

UPDATE:  On Wednesday morning, the California Department of Public Health changed its stay-at-home guidance to let counties keep outdoor playgrounds open. 

Read the transcript here.


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