Cambridge reopening basketball courts, playgrounds, water play structures with guidelines

Cambridge reopening basketball courts, playgrounds, water play structures with guidelines
Cambridge is reopening its basketball courts, playgrounds, tot lots and water play structures on June 29.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Starting Monday, basketball courts, playgrounds, tot lots and water play structures in Cambridge will reopen for the public to use, the city said in a release. Residents will need to follow facility guidelines and city and state public health guidelines.

The Public Works Department will turn on water at all locations and said there could be some delays before all water play structures are fully operational.

The City of Cambridge said those using playgrounds, tot lots and water play structures should adhere to the following:

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  • Do not visit playgrounds, tot lots, or water play structures if you feel sick.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others at all times.
  • Wear face coverings at all times when you cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others.
  • Children should be monitored at all times to ensure they are maintaining proper distancing and wearing face coverings.
  • Seek alternative facilities if the area is too crowded or wait outside the area until social distancing is possible.
  • While Cambridge will regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, this will not be done on a daily basis.
  • Please use play structures and other common surfaces at your own discretion.

At Cambridge basketball courts, pick-up games and scrimmages are not allowed -- only non-contact drills. People playing should adhere to the following:

  • Wash hands before and after play.
  • Wait outside court until others leave.
  • No congregating outside courts.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others at all times.
  • Wear face coverings at all times when you cannot maintain a distance of 6 feet (2 meters) from others.

Parks, community gardens and fields remain open for passive use. There is still no congregating, group activities or playing games allowed.

The Gold Star Pool on Berkshire Street remains closed while under construction with a tentative completion date of mid-August.

For more information and to sign up to receive COVID-19 and reopening updates, visit Cambridge’s dedicated information page.