Officials Noticing A Lax Of Social Distancing With Nicer Weather

Parks are still open for now but playground equipment is closed

Andrew Limberg
March 30, 2020 - 9:32 am
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City of Pittsburgh

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - While most have been doing a good job of social distancing and staying at home, the City of Pittsburgh is reminding people to continue the practice to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

First responders say that with the nicer weather over the weekend, they have seen a lack of social distancing, especially in parks.

In a release the city’s Department of Public safety says that means avoiding close-contact sports like basketball and soccer, avoiding playground equipment (COVID-19 can live on some surfaces for days), washing your hands before and after you live a park and creating space while on trails.

The city announced Monday morning that all basketball courts and overlooks will be temporarily closed until further notice to help prevent large gatherings. 

“At this point there is no plan to close the parks. But Public Safety will increase efforts to encourage responsible use. Park Rangers and Police will patrol parks more closely to provide reminders of proper social distancing, and Public Works has already begun posting signs to remind people of best practices and temporary equipment closures,” Public Works said.

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