The following is part 2 in a series called Back to Normal and was written in advance of decisions this week by the CDC and Memphis Shelby County Schools reeling in the mask mania.
Playgrounds are shared community spaces designed to facilitate play, encourage connection, and promote physical and emotional health.
They are symbols of vitality and joy.
Authorities closed these outdoor recreation centers in response to COVID-19, just one of the many pandemic policies to disrupt the lives of our youngest citizens for no measurable benefit.
As we enter year three of pandemic paralysis, playgrounds can remind us of what we have lost and guide us back to normal life.