Will N.J. reopen playgrounds after CDC changed warning on getting coronavirus by touching surfaces?

Will N.J. reopen playgrounds after CDC changed warning on getting coronavirus by touching surfaces?

The federal Centers for Disease Control recently said the coronavirus spreads more easily via person-to-person contact than from someone touching a surface or object. So does that mean New Jersey might allow places like children’s playgrounds to reopen? Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been slowly easing the state’s COVID-19 restrictions in recent days, said he wasn’t sure Friday. “I would think ... if it’s an outdoor surface, that’s something we’re likely gonna get to sooner than later than we would to an indoor surface,” Murphy said during his daily coronavirus briefing in Trenton. But Dr. Christina Tan, the state’s epidemiologist, stressed that people should still clean surfaces to be safe. “Right now, the evidence suggests contaminated surfaces aren’t really the main mode of transmission,” Tan said. “However, it doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t be cleaning the surfaces, shouldn’t be disinfecting the surfaces well. So all those other infection-control measures still need to be implemented.” Though state and county parks reopened more than two weeks ago in New Jersey, playgrounds and exercise equipment remain closed. The CDC’s website had warned about “contaminated surfaces and objects” in a separate section. But earlier this month, it was changed to a section about how “the virus does not spread easily in other ways.” “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the CDC ...
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