Thursday, March 26, 2020  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Best Practice Is To Not Touch Equipment, Use Social Distancing

Due to a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant, the city of Las Vegas is amending its plan to clean and disinfect the high-touch areas and restrooms at the 70 city parks. The protective gear and disinfectant will be conserved for our first responders and for other more vital needs. The community currently is encountering a shortage of these items.

The parks will remain open, but the city will resume normal cleaning that takes place twice a week. Restrooms also will remain open so people can wash their hands, but the city is discouraging the use of high-touch areas (playgrounds) and park equipment. Also, signs are being posted to stress the importance of social distancing, with six feet between people, and groups of less than 10 persons.

Park users also may want to bring hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes if they touch surfaces also used by other people.

It is expected that social distancing and avoiding high-touch surfaces used by others will reduce each person's exposure to contagious diseases, including COVID-19.