Today is the first day of Phase 3 of reopening Monroe County and the rest of the Finger Lakes region. Highlights of Phase 3 include new permissions for food services and personal care businesses. At the Town level, we will continue operating as we have been through Phase 2 with all staff reporting to offices and appointment only access to the town hall. We expect the remainder of Town facilities to be included in Phase 4 criteria. Summer recreation programs are under evaluation right now as we review New York State requirements, resources, and resident interest. Stay tuned for updates on Penfield Recreation plans. Summer day camp registrants will receive communications directly from the Recreation Office.
Governor Cuomo stated yesterday that public playgrounds may be opened at the discretion of municipalities. We are preparing Town playgrounds for reopening and look to have them ready for use on Monday, June 15 following sanitizing treatments. Public restrooms in Town parks are also scheduled to reopen sometime next week.
If you plan to use playgrounds, please follow these recommendations from the CDC:
Carefully consider use of playgrounds, and help children follow guidelines.
In communities where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19, playgrounds can be hard to keep safe because:
- They are often crowded and could make social distancing difficult;
- It can be difficult to keep surfaces clean and disinfected;
- SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can spread when young children touch contaminated objects, and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you choose to visit a playground:
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from people you don’t live with.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Adults and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer: Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol and rub hands together until dry, if soap and water are not readily available.
- Wear a cloth face covering, if you can. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
- Children under age 2;
- Anyone who has trouble breathing;
- Anyone who is unconscious, can’t move, or is otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
The continued success of reopening is dependent on personal behavior. Health department officials credit physical distancing and universal masking for our progress to date. Dr. Mendoza has stated that physical distancing and use of face masks will be with us for some time. His advice is “if you have to ask, wear a mask.”
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org . Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain