Weslaco resident concerned about coronavirus risk at playground

1 week 23 hours 15 minutes ago Tuesday, November 17 2020 Nov 17, 2020 November 17, 2020 9:28 PM November 17, 2020 in News - Local

Concerned about the coronavirus pandemic, cities across the Rio Grande Valley put up caution tape and barricades at playgrounds.

Months later, though, a Weslaco resident noticed that caution tape and signs had been removed from the Harlon Block Sports Complex near the intersection of 18th Street and Westgate Drive.

"The signs, the caution signs, they were on there but they are no longer on there," said the Weslaco resident. "So obviously people are going to think that it is safe to go on there or on the swings, you know?"

Channel 5 News asked the city of Weslaco about the park.

A spokeswoman for the city said residents should wash their hands after touching areas used by others, including playground equipment.

"In accordance with Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-29, every person in the city of Weslaco shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space; whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of physical distancing from another person not in the same household. Any person wishing to enjoy the outdoors must consider that the risk of transmission increases, if they are around individuals who are not in the same household," according to a statement released by the city. "While the CDC notes that the virus that causes COVID-19 commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another and less commonly through contact with contaminated surfaces, residents are encouraged to take precautions when coming in to contact with any surface by avoiding touching their mouth, eyes, and face as well as washing their hands often, including after handling any outdoor exercise equipment. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Additionally, any outdoor gathering in excess of 10 people are typically prohibited within the city of Weslaco."

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