City of Las Vegas crews clean parks

City of Las Vegas crews clean the Kellogg-Zaher Park on Wednesday, March 25. (Eric Green/FOX5)

UPDATE (MARCH 26): The City of Las Vegas on Thursday announced that due to a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant, the city is amending its plan to clean and disinfect the high-touch areas and restrooms at its parks.

"The protective gear and disinfectant will be conserved for our first responders and for other more vital needs. The community currently  is encountering a shortage of those needs," City of Las Vegas said in a statement. 

Although the city is no longer doing its twice daily cleanings, officials said parks and restrooms will remain open.

City of Las Vegas said it will resume normal cleaning that takes place twice a week. However, the city said that it discourages the use of high-touch areas (playgrounds) and park equipment.

Park visitors are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and/or disinfecting wipes if they use surfaces touched by other people.

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UPDATE (March 25): City of Las Vegas on Wednesday said that the cleaning solution that crews will be using to clean its parks is a diluted bleach-solution.

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The City of Las Vegas on Tuesday announced new cleaning policies and social distancing protocols that will allow its 70 parks to remain open.

The City of Las Vegas says that it will dispatch 12 crews of five to 10 people with the proper protective equipment to clean and disinfect all city parks two times a day, seven days a week, according to a news release.

Officials ask the public to practice social distancing while at the parks. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own disinfecting wipes if they plan to handle the equipment.

City of Las Vegas says that it will maintain this new cleaning schedule as long as crews can "accommodate and adequetly clean and disinfect the high-touch areas and restrooms." 

Any inability of the crews to keep up proper disinfecting could result in the closure of restrooms or other facilities, the release notes.

The move to keep City of Las Vegas parks open comes following Clark County's decision on Monday to close all of its playgrounds and park restrooms to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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