Coronavirus: St. Paul closing playgrounds, sports courts till further notice

It follows the extension of the Stay at Home order.
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St. Paul has announced that the city's playgrounds, sports courts, and skate parks will close immediately following the extension of Minnesota's Stay at Home order.

The city said that there has been "recent seasonal increase in demand" for the use of its recreational facilities, and has taken the decision as "as social distancing cannot be managed during these activities."

Basketball hoops will therefore before removed, tennis courts locked, and "Closed" signs placed at playgrounds, skate parks, and other amenities in the coming days.

"We appreciate the need to recreate and connect with nature during these new and challenging times, but safety remains our top priority. We are making these adjustments to serve park users while limiting their risk and also that of others," said St. Paul Parks and Recreation Director Mike Hahm.

"We ask that everyone be respectful of one another, maintain 6 feet of space from anyone not in their household, and refrain from making judgments or assumptions about other park users."

The city has said parks, trails, open spaces, dog parks, and athletic fields remain open, albeit with restrictions including 6 feet of social distancing.

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The city has said no pickup games, contact sports or organized teams are allowed.

It comes after Minneapolis announced the closure of its aquatic amenities for the entire summer, including its beaches and waterparks.

However, St. Paul has not stated for how long its sports courts and playgrounds will remain closed.

You can find a full list of closed amenities here: www.stpaul.gov/parks-covid19.

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