Coronavirus: Minneapolis to shut down beaches, waterparks for entire summer

Wading pools are also included in the shutdown.
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There will be no hanging out at the beach or outdoor water parks in Minneapolis this summer.

The Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board has decided that due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, it's shutting down its outdoor aquatics facilities for the entire summer.

This includes beaches at lakes including Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet, wading pools, waterparks, and the Webber Natural Swimming Pool in North Minneapolis.

"The level of public congregation that takes place at aquatic facilities and the level of staff required to operate these facilities will make it impossible to open and manage these facilities safely this summer," the parks board says on its website.

The board is keeping the city's parks, playgrounds, athletics fields, and courts open, with the proviso that there's no team or contact sports.

"People may shoot baskets or kick or toss a ball around, but no pickup games," it says.

Volleyball and soccer nets will not be installed, while athletic fields won't be striped or marked.

One of the few sports that will still be playable is tennis, "because tennis allows for social distancing."

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Parks board recreation centers and buildings will also remain closed until further notice, which includes golf course clubhouses, and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden visitor shelter.

The city is waiting for direction from Gov. Tim Walz on whether golf courses will be allowed to open this spring.

Gov. Walz address this during Thursday's media call, listen below:

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