TULSA, Okla. — You'll start to see more families and children enjoying city playgrounds and splash pads this week after they reopened to the public under phase 3 in Oklahoma.
Park amenities had been off limits since mid-March to avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Many people, like David Hill from Tulsa, couldn't wait to visit the park on 41st Street and Riverside.
"Today is really the first day we haven’t really wore our masks you know just to get out and enjoy the fresh air," says Hill.
He brought his seven-year-old grandson Justin to play in the warm weather. Even though it's exciting to get back outdoors, he says he's taking precautions amid the pandemic.
"We usually bring a bottle of sanitizer with us and stuff, and then we’ll clean our hands before we get out and after we get inside the car," says Hill.
In Tulsa, city playground equipment is not being sanitized except for public restrooms, so officials strongly urge you to wash your hands regularly.
While outdoor surfaces that are exposed to air and sun are less likely to transmit the coronavirus, officials say that doesn't mean there's no risk.
They remind you to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, including avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with dirty hands.
Under phase 3, community centers have also reopened with some guidelines and restrictions in place. Each location varies, so you should check the rules in your city parks.
City of Tulsa pools will remain closed for the rest of the 2020 season.
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