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Manhattan Beach Playgrounds, Fitness Stations Open; Polliwog Not

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Parents, caretakers, and kids got great news the other day when the Manhattan Beach City Council directed city staff to reopen all playgrounds and fitness stations that had been closed due to COVID-19. Recreation and Parks Director Mark Leyman confirmed with Manhattan Beach Patch Thursday that all but Polliwog Park play areas would reopen to the public by end of day Thursday and that his department was working with Public Works to establish cleaning protocols for the equipment and the frequency of those cleanings.

Leyman noted that Polliwog Park is not reopening its playground equipment areas since both upper and lower areas are scheduled for repair work. “Specifically, the surfacing needs to be replaced on the upper playground, and as you may have heard, the lower playground equipment and surfacing is a current capital project which should be completed by summer 2021,” he said. He noted that the upper playground surfacing replacement “is also part of the lower playground capital project, however, we are hoping to have this completed in the upcoming months.”

The outdoor playgrounds and fitness stations now open are

  • Live Oak Park Tot Lot

  • Live Oak Park north end playground

  • Sand Dune Park

  • Marine Avenue Park

  • Larsson Street Parkette

  • 8th Street Parkette

  • Manhattan Village

  • Manhattan Heights (open for limited hours)

  • Veteran’s Parkway’s Mariposa Fitness Station

  • The Strand Fitness Station at 26th Street

  • Polliwog Park upper level swings, and

  • Polliwog Park Fitness Station.

Signs at each playground and fitness stations location will inform the community they need to

  • wear face coverings

  • socially distance at least 6 feet from non-household members

  • wash hands frequently

  • limit equipment to 30 minutes of use

  • stay home if not feeling well, and

  • no food and beverages on the play or fitness equipment.

Each area has also a maximum allowed capacity to ensure social distancing can take place.

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch

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Quarantined Czechs can vote in drive-in stations

PRAGUE — Czechs are casting ballot from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic.



An election committee member, wearing a protective suit, holds a ballot box for a man to vote in regional and senate elections at a drive-in polling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Czechs are casting ballots from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)


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An election committee member, wearing a protective suit, holds a ballot box for a man to vote in regional and senate elections at a drive-in polling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Czechs are casting ballots from their cars for the first time, a measure forced by the coronavirus pandemic. A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

A total of 156 drive-in temporary ballot stations have been established by the armed forces across the country for those quarantined due to coronavirus infections.



Israeli protesters wave flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against parliament's plans to ban them from protesting during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The protesters accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus crisis in order to stop weeks of demonstrations against him. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


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Israeli protesters wave flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against parliament’s plans to ban them from protesting during the current nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The protesters accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of exploiting the coronavirus crisis in order to stop weeks of demonstrations against him. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Those who cannot use a car can ask for a visit of a special electoral committee with a ballot box in their homes.



A teacher leads her students into an elementary school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, as hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms in the city, resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus is infecting a rising number of American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)


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A teacher leads her students into an elementary school in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, as hundreds of thousands of elementary school students are heading back to classrooms in the city, resuming in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus is infecting a rising number of American children and teens in a trend authorities say appears driven by school reopenings and the resumption of sports, playdates and other activities. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Previously, those quarantined were not allowed to vote because of health concerns. But as their numbers rose, new legislation was passed to make sure their voting rights were respected.

The Czechs are voting in regional elections and the first round of elections for one third of the upper house of Parliament, the Senate, on Friday and Saturday. The second round of the Senate elections is scheduled for Oct 9-10.

The Czech Republic has had 67,843 confirmed cases with 636 deaths.

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Passengers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up to board planes ahead of the upcoming Chuseok holiday, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day, at the domestic flight terminal of Gimpo airport in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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Passengers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up to board planes ahead of the upcoming Chuseok holiday, the Korean version of Thanksgiving Day,