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More of Bde Maka Ska Parkway to close to traffic, Lake Harriet to re-open

It's the latest efforts by the Parks and Rec Board to promote social distancing.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has announced the latest changes to its parkway closures to give pedestrians more space during the Stay at Home order.

The board revealed on Thursday that as of 8 a.m. this coming Monday, the northbound lane of West Bde Maka Ska Parkway will close to vehicles and open to pedestrians to allow for more social distancing around the lake.

The southbound lane of East Bde Maka Ska Parkway already closed earlier this month between 36th Street and Lake.

And while it's closing northbound West Bde Maka Ska, the Parks Board is reopening Lake Harriet Parkway to motor traffic "to allow elderly, people with limited physical mobility or compromised immune systems at greater risk of contracting COVID-19 to enjoy Chain of Lakes via automobile."

Lake Harriet Parkway has been closed to drivers for weeks now, but that closure will come to an end at 10 a.m. Monday.

Even during the closure of parkways, emergency vehicles are still able to use them at all times, as are service, delivery and sanitation vehicles, and anyone needing access to residential buildings.

Other closures already in place include parkways around Lake Nokomis and Lake of the Isles.

Green represents a single lane closure.

Green represents a single lane closure.

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