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California Allows Playgrounds To Open Under Stay-Home Order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California changed its rules overnight Wednesday to allow outdoor playgrounds to stay open in regions under strict stay-home orders. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration had come under heavy criticism that shutting playgrounds would harm low-income children who have few options to safely romp outside. A spokesperson for the state Department of Public Health said the change was new as of Wednesday morning and that the department would work to share the news more broadly. San Francisco Mayor London Breed said city playgrounds would reopen Thursday after shutting down earlier this week. Playground advocates say children need fresh air and exercise for their emotional and physical health, and many don’t have access to private backyards.