Using public playgrounds during COVID-19 pandemic among non-school-aged children


What this study is about?

Although going to a public playground has been considered low risk for exposure to COVID-19, a higher frequency of contact with high-touch surfaces (e.g., playground equipment) is presumed to be associated with a higher risk of COVID infection. Given that the playground equipment is not currently being cleaned and sanitized regularly, there is a need for local epidemiology studies to assess the potential risk. In this study, we developed a 19-item survey to assess the risk of COVID transmission from public playgrounds, and obtain parents' perspective of the current COVID guidance for using public playground. The results of this study will help policymakers to assess whether more stringent public health measures in the province are needed regarding using the playgrounds.

What does this study involve?

As a participant in this study, you would be asked to complete an online survey. This survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.

If you are a parent or guardian of a non-school-aged child (under 6 years old) and live in Alberta, to volunteer for this study, please complete this questionnaire:[ID_value]

For more information about this study, please contact:
The study coordinator at +1(825) 525-2881 or

If you have questions about your rights as a participant or about ethical issues related to this study and you would like to talk to someone who is not involved in the conduct of the study, please contact the Office of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta.

Telephone: 780-423-5727

Toll Free: 1-877-423-5727

COVID-19 info for Albertans:

COVID-19 and Canada's Kids :

Risk mitigation tool for outdoor recreation spaces and activities operating during the COVID-19 pandemic: documents/risk-mitigation-tool-outdoor-recreation-spaces-activities-operating-covid-19.html



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